MOSAIC is a non-profit organization that has been a leader in helping new immigrants and refugees to settle and adapt to life in Canada for over 30 years. We offer a wide range of effective programs and services, including English classes, employment programs, bilingual counseling, family support programs, legal advocacy and professional translating and interpreting in over 60 languages ( for more information please visit www.mosaicbc.com).
Description of the volunteer’s role:
Culture Connections is looking for volunteers to mentor newly arrived immigrants or refugees for a weekly two-hour meeting. Culture Connections has newcomers who would benefit from being partnered with fun-loving, friendly and supportive Canadian residents. These Newcomers have basic or greater English skills but are interested in connecting with local people to learn more about Canadian socializing, culture and history. This one-to-one partnership between a newcomer and a Canadian can really help a newcomer adjust to life in Canada and greatly improve their language skills and fluency.
If you are someone who enjoys meeting new people, exploring Vancouver, sharing your culture and having a good time this might be the volunteer position for you.
MOSAIC celebrates diversity and welcomes Hosts from all backgrounds.
The commitment required is once a week for two hours for 12 weeks.
Volunteers must be:
19 years old or older
Canadian citizen or resident who has been living in Canada for minimum of 5 years
Responsible and with excellent time management and leadership skills
Able to pass a Criminal Record Check
Speak fluently and have a good command of English language
Can provide two references (one professional, one personal–no family members please).
Training Provided: A host orientation and training session as well as ongoing support throughout the match.
Benefits to Volunteer: The opportunity to learn more about your Canadian culture, to learn about other cultures, to learn about the settlement process and to become more cross-culturally aware.
The flexible schedule can accommodate post-secondary students, people with nine to five jobs and retired people. Women with pre-school children would be welcome to include their children in the volunteer match.
Apply online: http://www.mosaicbc.com/volunteer/culture-connections or contact: Alzira at 604.254.9626 (ext. 488).