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About the Position
Position:
3123 - Eh Cafe English Conversation Circle Facilitator
Organization:
Position Address:
'Virtual' from the volunteer's residence
Location:
Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual

Goal

At the heart of Caledon Community Services (CCS) is an innovative and exciting volunteer program that is integrated into every service, activity, project and business operation of the agency. From students to seniors, business professionals, homemakers, newly-retired, semi-retired, and everything in between, volunteers reflect the Caledon demographic and help us serve the community more fully

The fundamental, functional goal of this program is to have participants improve fluency in the English language. The Eh Café will provide a positive and supportive learning environment for newcomers to practice their English conversation skills. Additional benefits include orientation of newcomers to Caledon, and building awareness of Canada's culture and channels for networking and social integration. In this program, volunteers are encouraged to be multi-faceted in their approach to language instruction, supplementing formal instruction by interactive conversation that incorporates the benefits noted above.


Description

The Eh Café is an English conversation circle type program. Once a week, a group of newcomers to Canada get together virtually via Zoom to practice their English conversation skills in an informal and supportive environment. The sessions are led by volunteer facilitators who are fluent in English.

PLEASE NOTE: The Eh Café is not offered during July and August (Summer break) and the Winter break (2 weeks in December), March break (1 week in March) Volunteers are expected to commit for a minimum of 12 months (see TIME COMMITMENT, below).

Program tasks:

  • Create opportunities for participants to practice English conversation skills in a relaxed atmosphere
  • Prepare lesson plans or use pre-designed lesson plans
  • Share knowledge about Canadian culture and current events
  • Act as a 'role model' for group members
  • Demonstrate values of punctuality, dependability, and reliability
  • Summarize class lesson and any assigned homework by Saturday morning, and report to LINC Manager

PLEASE APPLY during August by 'clicking on' the yellow box 'Apply Now!', above, to send your name/contact information/resume (if uploaded into your 'volunteer profile' with Volunteer MBC). After you have applied, be sure to monitor your email (incl. 'Junk/Spam' folders) and leave space on your voicemail for communications from CCS.

 


Benefits

Volunteer to enhance your skills/experience in teaching English to newcomers (add to your resume, and your 'network') + Refine your capacity to work within a virtual teaching/tutoring setting + Excellent opportunity to learn about other cultures + Wealth of knowledge to be learned about Canadian Immigration Experiences + Invitation to CCS Annual General Meeting


Qualifications

  • Minimum Age - 25
  • You're passionate about empowering newcomers to Canada by encouraging them to integrate and thrive in Canadian society
  • You actively support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in your local community
  • Fluency primarily in English (fluency in additional languages is an asset)
  • ESL teaching experience is an asset
  • TESL Ontario Certification is an asset
  • Experience working with newcomers is an asset
  • Digital fluency (using teleconferencing platforms and other web applications to make the Eh Café experience more interactive)
  • Ability to explain everyday situations comfortably and easily
  • You're ready to volunteer as a team player, plus you're able to volunteer with a minimum of supervision
  • Police Check and Proof of Vaccination required

SCREENING of applicants will be virtual (Tel/Email/Online interviewing) > 2 References must be provided. A resume is helpful (see DESCRIPTION, above).

Min Age: 25   
Police Check: Required   
Resume:Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required   
Proof of Vaccination: Required


Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available on the following days
 - Wednesday Evening

OVERALL ENGAGEMENT: Minimum of 12 MONTHS
WEEKLY: Wednesday evening, unless otherwise advised > successful candidates will arrange the schedule with CCS


Training

TRAINING from the start of your volunteering engagement, including a minimum of two sessions of in-class training, plus ongoing support

Attend team meetings once ot twice a year


More Details
Areas of Interest: Culture & Heritage, Education & Learning, Customer Service, Information Technology, Life Skills & Accessibility, Literacy, Multilingual, Newcomer Support
Accessibility: Fully Accessible Workplace
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers, Older Adults



How to Contact
Send an Email Message
Social Media
http://www.ccs4u.org
https://www.facebook.com/caledoncommunityservices/
http://@CaledonCS
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