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Volunteer Programs

Volunteers are a vital and integral part of QUIC activities. The Centre works with more than 160 volunteers each year.  90% of QUIC volunteers are Queen’s University students.

Why should you volunteer?

  • Share your knowledge and experiences with others
  • Meet new people; form new friendships
  • Get involved with the Queen’s community
  • Develop new skills and improve old ones
  • Access Intercultural Training
  • Learn an appreciation of volunteerism
  • Have fun!

Opportunities at QUIC

English Language Support (ELS)

English Language Support volunteers commit to an average of 1-2 hours per week, offering one-on-one assistance and/or volunteering with the QUIC ELS Conversation Group. One-on-one volunteers are matched with a student wishing to have an individual “Language Buddy”. Alternatively, the Conversation Group volunteers assist with weekly in group sessions. Volunteers may apply to participate year round, though normally the program runs from mid September to the end of April.

ELS Volunteer Application must be submitted to the International Centre prior to attending a program orientation & training session. Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator.

World LINK

QUIC World Link Volunteer Program is intended to support the intercultural experiences of Queen’s students, to create opportunities for students to act as resources to others interested in going abroad or learning more about specific international destinations, and to highlight the varied international experiences of Queen’s students on campus. This is a chance for international students or students who have recently returned from abroad to share their experiences and act as international ambassadors at Queen’s. Questions? Contact the 
Education Abroad Advisor.

Income Tax Assistance

Income tax volunteers are needed in workshops beginning in March through to the end of April. Income tax volunteers offer their assistance to students in filling out Canadian Income tax forms. Volunteers must attend a mandatory training session and then sign up for one-on-one appointments with students and/or tax clinics. Contact Susan Anderson for further information.

Volunteer Hosts

Volunteers are needed especially during the housing busy period in early January, late August and in early September. Hosts provide a couch, a bed, or even an air mattress – a safe, secure and welcoming environment for a newly arrived international student or scholar for no more than 3 nights at no cost. If you are interested in becoming a host, please contact the Housing Support Coordinator.

International Student Orientation

As new international students come to Kingston and to Queen’s University, volunteers conduct campus and city tours, assist with facilitating individual and group orientations, and to offer other skills and time when needed. Most orientation activities take place in August, September and January. Contact the Volunteer Programs Coordinator if interested.


Orientation and training sessions for new volunteers

Upon submitting your volunteer application, you will be contacted by the program coordinator by email. All new volunteers are required to attend a training & orientation session specific to the program of interest. ELS sessions are now posted.

Intercultural Training Series for QUIC volunteers

Volunteers are strongly encouraged to participate in the QUIC Intercultural Competence Certificate training program. Attendance at all scheduled sessions is required in order to receive the Certificate. Sign up is required by email at

Other Opportunities