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3032 - Dari/Pashto Speaking 'Community Connections' Volunteer (18+) > Apply NOW for a May START!
Position Address:
'Virtual', from the volunteer's home
Mississauga, Brampton, Virtual


Indus Community Services (Indus) is an accredited, not-for-profit community benefit organization that has served local communities for over 35 years. Indus Community Services, through its professional staff and a team of dedicated volunteers, is a leader in the provision of culturally-appropriate services to newcomers, families, women, and seniors. With our increasingly expanded mission, we provide educational, social, settlement, health, and employment-related services to help all new immigrants in the Peel region. INDUS wishes to enable newcomer families or individuals to accomplish a successful transition into their new community.

The role of Dari/Pashto Speaking 'Community Connections' Volunteer is ideal for someone who is culturally sensitive with a sound knowledge of newcomer settlement services and the local community.


The Dari/Pashto Speaking 'Community Connections' Volunteer will collaborate with Indus staff in the planning and delivery of culturally and language-specific workshops for newcomers to support their successful integration into the community. The workshops will offer an orientation to Canada, Ontario, and Peel and provide an understanding of Canadian cultural norms and social etiquette. Workshops will be conducted in July and August 2022, with scheduling to be arranged.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Prepare course material for up to 6 to 8 weeks, one workshop session per week (volunteer engagement is for 4 to 6 months)
  • Create visual 'teaching aids', course syllabus, topic schedule, quizzes, and activities to engage newcomers during the workshop
  • Collaborate with Indus is setting up a 'visual' communications system to deliver the course (unless and until 'in person' teaching becomes possible)
  • Provide an overall review of the program at the conclusion of the workshop
  • Support the creation of language-specific online content (TikTok/Instagram/Youtube videos)

QUALIFIED CANDIDATES SHOULD APPLY as soon as possible, and by no later than May 31st, 2022. Volunteers with 'profiles' in Volunteer MBC's Referral System can click the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above) to send their name/contact info/resume (please upload to your 'profile') to Indus, plus you will gain immediate access to the Indus APPLICATION PROCESS. After you have applied, as a precaution, please monitor your 'Junk/Spam' email folders and leave space on your voicemail for communications from Indus.


Enjoy the experience of teaching newcomers about a highly relevant and important topic ... HAVE FUN! + Bring your knowledge and skills to Indus, with the opportunity to enhance and refine program development/teaching + Learn as you teach, while building your capacity and 'network' in your local community + Build your resume and references + Upon successful completion of your volunteering engagement, you will be eligible for references, certificates, and invitations to our volunteer events


  • Minimum Age - 18
  • Ability to speak/write English, with fluency in Dari or Pashto
  • Local knowledge of your community is a definite asset (eg. newcomer assistance services, government, community service organizations, transit, financial institutions, etc.)
  • You are organized, project-oriented, such that you can develop program content/workshop format
  • You're comfortable providing instruction in a 'virtual' setting (eg. via Zoom)
  • Ability to commit for weekly workshops, prep time/meetings, over 6 to 8 weeks, minimum
  • Committed to providing a friendly, engaging educational experience that will be fun for everyone involved
  • Ready to complete orientation and training suitable for the role
  • Police Check

SCREENING of volunteer applications will be remote/virtual (telephone/email/online interview(s) - Zoom). Please ensure that your resume is uploaded into your Volunteer MBC 'profile' or is otherwise immediately available. Thank you!

Min Age: 18   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Not required

Time Commitment
This is a Medium Term (4 - 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available Anytime

FLEXIBLE volunteering schedule, having regard to workshop sessions occurring once a week, plus preparation time. WORKSHOP PLANNING will start in June, in anticipation of scheduling workshops for July and August 2022.


Successful candidates must undergo screening, plus complete all required volunteer orientation and training sessions. TRAINING will be provided to successful candidates virtually.

More Details
Areas of Interest: Culture & Heritage, Education & Learning, Information & Referral Services, Life Skills & Accessibility, Settlement & Integration, Literacy, Multilingual, Newcomer Support
Accessibility: Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers, Older Adults
Apply before: 2022-05-31

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