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Local Volunteer Opportunties

You do not need to leave the country or even leave your community to engage in volunteer work that will help you gain global and intercultural experience.  Here are are few options which will allow you to make global connections here at Western and in the community of London.

Volunteer Opportunities with Western International

Every year, Western International recruits volunteers who assist with coordinating, planning and implementing the activities and programs offered by International Learning, International Recruitment and International and Exchange Student Centre. Through Student Development Centre's (SDC) Volunteers In Progress (VIP) program, you can also volunteer in the different areas of the centre (e.g., Services for Students with Disabilities, Learning Skills Services, etc.).

Volunteer with the International and Exchange Student Centre

Volunteer opportunities available at International and Exchange Student Centre include:

Volunteer positions offered through SDC's Volunteers In Progress Program such as:

  • English Conversation Leaders
  • IESC Newsletter Assistant Editor
  • International Student Activity Coordinator
  • Assistant Facilitator for Spousal Events
  • Transitional Program Assistant

Become a Peer Guide for newly arrived International Students.

Become an International Income Tax Preparation (IITP) Volunteer.

Volunteer with Western International - International Learning

Returning Exchange Peers for students returning from an International Exchange Program.

Volunteer positions for students returning from an International Exchange Program such as:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Assistant Coordinator
  • Social Media Assistant

Contact exchange@uwo.ca for more information

Volunteer with Western International - Undergraduate Recruitment

Social Media Assistant with Western International's Undergraduate Recruitment 

Volunteer with Western Heads East

Western Heads East is Western's response to the HIV/Aids crisis in Africa.   Contribute to the effort by joining a committee or help with fundraising here in Canada.  Their website lists ways you can help.

Volunteer with London's Cross-Cultural Learner Centre

London's Cross-Cultural Learner Centre on Dundas Street provides services for refugees and other newcomers to Canada, translation services, intercultural training and supports global education.  There are many different Volunteer Opportunities available. They include:

  • Youth Program Volunteer
  • Peer Mentor
  • Casual Volunteer
  • Small Group Volunteer
  • Conversational Circle Mentor
  • Volunteer Leader
  • Adult Remedial Tutor for English
  • Adult Remedial Tutor for Math & Numeracy Skills
  • Community Connection’s Individuals, Families & Group Volunteer

The Centre provides a general Job Description for volunteers.

Here are some examples of the time committment required for different positions:

  • Adult Remedial English: Volunteers meet weekly for a minimum of 2 hours for 3 months or an agreed-upon period.
  • Conversational Mentor: Volunteers will attend regularly for 1-2 hours, on a weekly basis, to a confirmed CC location(s).
  • Casual Volunteer: Volunteers would be on call for specific requests or by special request and time bound by request or event/activity.
  • Group Volunteer (adults with a focus on support for women):  Volunteers work 2-2 1/2 hours weekly for 3 or 4 month sessions or seasonal groups, as in summer or Winter or March Break
  • Volunteer Leader: 2-2 1/2 hours weekly for 3 or 4 month sessions or seasonal groups, as in summer or Winter or March Break