Volunteering in the ELS Program
Questions? Contact the Program Coordinator.
Individual Peer-Based Assistance
Normally the program matches a fluent English-speaking student volunteer with two international learners wanting to improve their conversation skills and language confidence. Participants meet for approximately one hour per week to practice day-to-day conversation, pronunciation and vocabulary improvement skills.
English Conversation Group
The English Conversation Group has been a regular Thursday night activity at QUIC for many years. It is intended for people who already have a reasonable level of English, but need extra confidence, and to learn some new expressions. Two facilitators are assisted by volunteers who help with smaller table groups and activities. It is informal and lots of fun!
The Group is the recipient of the 2009 Queen’s University Human Rights Office Initiatives Award in recognition of its long standing contributions to community building and support for international students. In 2013, two Group volunteers were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the community by the Kingston United Way Volunteer Centre.
- Get involved with international community at Queen’s
- Share your knowledge and experiences with others
- Excellent opportunity for intercultural learning to build your own intercultural competence
- Skills development: communication, empathy, facilitation and language learning
- Satisfaction from helping others to have a positive experience in our community
- Access to training and expertise available at the QUIC
General Volunteer Requirements
- Must be a fluent English speaker
- Queen’s student or alumn with excellent listening skills
- A friendly, open, and committed individual able to give 1-2 hours of their time, for at least 8 weeks
- Strong communication skills with ability to engage participants
- Professionalism: Strict adherence to program guidelines at all times
- Appreciation of diversity and respect towards cultural differences
- Some intercultural skills, experience and awareness
- Some understanding of challenges related to newcomers’ transition into new environment
Volunteers are asked to complete the Equity Office Human Rights 101 Online Training. Volunteers are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person intercultural training at the QUIC, and to complete the QUIC introductory modules online. This training is meant to directly benefit your program activities by providing cross-cultural communication framework and skills.
New volunteers must attend a program orientation session. In addition, all volunteers are required to attend a semester program meeting. Please inquire about the current schedule at QUICELS@queensu.ca.