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WHO WE'RE LOOKING FOR

We need to grow our team and want you on board! Our team members come from a diverse set of backgrounds and all share a commitment to improving the lives of newcomer children. By joining our team, we aim to give hard working individuals the opportunity to apply their abilities and develop new skills to create valuable impact.

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VOLUNTEER

Help Us Welcome Newcomer Refugee Children & Youth to Canada!

BC Newcomer Camp - Welcome to Canada After-School Program:

Are you interested in teaching English to newcomer refugee children and youth? We have the perfect opportunity for you! 

 

We are launching our new pilot program, the Welcome to Canada after-school program, and are recruiting teachers to facilitate online English classes for refugee children and youth ages 6-16 years old. Classes will be hosted twice per week using Zoom and each session will be 1.5 hours from 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Classes will be broken down by English language ability (basic or immediate levels), age, and first language.

 

Background

In the spring of 2020, BC Newcomer Camp's leadership team realized that hosting in-person summer camps would not be feasible due to COVID-19. Working with our partners in B.C.'s settlement and immigration sector, we discovered that recently immigrated refugee families have only one technological device per household (usually just a cell phone). With settlement organizations and services like public libraries working at a reduced capacity, this means that the pandemic has made it more challenging than ever for these families to tackle obstacles like finding permanent housing, employment, etc.

To address this, we held our 2020 Tech Drive to collect lightly used laptops/tablets and gave devices to 40 families. We then ran "online summer camps" to provide remote English lessons to 60 children while also giving the families a tool to access key resources.

We received overwhelming positive feedback from our partners in the settlement sector and from the families themselves. Motivated by this encouragement, we are expanding the program across the province and to a year-round schedule. Whenever a refugee family arrives in British Columbia, BC Newcomer Camp gives them a laptop and their children are enrolled into after-school online English lessons. 

 

We're calling it our Welcome to Canada program and hope you can be a part of it.

Your Role:

As a volunteer, you will help lead students through weekly sessions. You will help set-up activities, lead students through numeracy and literacy games, and generally be a positive role model for respectful and fun learning. 

Position Start Date & Expected Commitment:

Immediately - seeking a minimum commitment of 3 months (ideally the candidate can volunteer for 6+ months). The position will require a commitment of approximately 4 hours per week.

Required Qualifications:

  • An interest in working with newcomer children and youth

  • Experience or interest in teaching and facilitating duties

  • Between the ages of 17 and 29

  • Ability to speak English fluently + one additional language would be an asset (Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Tigrinya, Amharic, Dari, Spanish)

  • Volunteers must have a reliable internet connection and computer

To Apply:

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EMPLOYMENT

There are currently no employment opportunities.

 
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Interested in helping out but none of the open opportunities align with your interests? We would still love to have you on the team! Please email recruitment@bcnewcomercamp.org with your resumé, cover letter, and anything else you would like to share with us.

 

Don't hesitate to shoot us an email if you have any questions about BC Newcomer Camp or want to learn more about the roles we're currently recruiting.

 

We can't wait to see your application!

 

ABOUT US

BC Newcomer Camp is a Canadian registered charity that operates free summer day camps for recently arrived refugee children. By teaching English language skills and a variety of sports and playground games, our immersive and engaging learning environment equips newly arrived refugee children with the tools and confidence needed to succeed in their new home.

Charity Registration Number: 765780499RR0001

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CONTACT

T: 604-813-9470

E: info@bcnewcomercamp.org

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