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Volunteer Programs


Volunteers are a vital and integral part of QUIC activities. The Centre works with more than 120 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)  Now recruiting for Fall Term! 

English Language Support volunteers commit 1-2 hours per week, offering individual assistance to international students. Volunteers are matched with two international students wishing to have conversation meetings with a "Language Buddy". Alternatively, the Conversation Group volunteers assist with weekly group sessions. International workers at Queen's University, and spouses of international students and workers are also eligible to receive assistance in the program. All meetings take place on Campus. Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator.

World Link  Recruitment starts in late August/early September

QUIC World Link Volunteer Program is intended to support the intercultural experiences of Queen's students, 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 Program 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.

Volunteer Hosts

Volunteers are needed especially during the busy arrival period (late summer, fall). 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.


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.

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


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