Volunteers play a vital role in the work done by ACIC and its members. Whether you wish to make your home community a better place or go overseas to make a difference, the opportunities are endless. Check out these current postings divided by local and international opportunities.
Spending time working with others who have experience with global issues is a great way to learn more about what's going on in the world, gain useful skills, and give to a worthy cause. Just about anyone can volunteer, as there are many ways to contribute your time - from general administrative work, to event planning, to travelling overseas to put your skills to use elsewhere. Below are some ideas of where you can start. You can also check out our Global Citizen's Guide (updated 2014) for information on how you can become more engaged.
Chalice Mission to the Philippines
Chalice is hosting our 14th mission – and it will be our first one to the Philippines! Please refer to the full mission details.
Mission dates are March 10-25 and will cost approx. $3,100 (including flights, ground transportation, accommodations, meals, and touring Palawan Island). We’ll be visiting Chalice’s Tondo Sponsor Site, working alongside our partners, learning about their model for sustainable development, and building relationships with the families we serve and other Canadians with a heart for service.
Chalice has worked in the Philippines for 17 years, and this is our fourth year working in Tondo, the most densely populated district of Manila. It is a vast emerging landfill, with almost 65% of its residents engaging in scavenging, garlic peeling, and odd jobs that barely earn a decent living. The Sponsor Site’s activities are based out of Centro Salvador, St. Martin de Porres Mission. The Centro offers educational programming (including music, dance and art), a nutrition programme, regular medical and dental check-ups, and most importantly, empowers families through training and workshops. Families strengthen one another, so that they can thrive and contribute to their community. To learn more about the Site’s work, refer to the 2016 Site Director’s Letter as well as a video about Tondo.
Applications are due January 10. Please call (1-800-776-6855) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Communication assignments with Uniterra
Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC). *Uniterra* contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean through the exchange of expertise and knowledge through Canadian volunteers.
Uniterra is currently recruiting a number of volunteers with experience in communications. Please see the links below for some of the options and visit Uniterra.ca for more details.
Do you have a background in agriculture, environment or business?
WUSC is currently recruiting volunteers for its PROPEL program in the Caribbean. Visit PROPEL Volunteer Opportunities for more details on the program and assignment descriptions.
Broaden students’ horizons with the power of personal storytelling! Passages Canada is looking for volunteer speakers in the Atlantic to share their personal stories. Know anyone who might be interested? Put them in touch with the Passages team! To register to become a speaker, please visit Become a Speaker.
As a speaker, you will be part of a national educational initiative of over 1,000 people who regularly share their stories of culture, heritage, identity and immigration with youth and community groups of various ages.
Passages Canada is storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, where volunteers share their personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage on-line in our multimedia Story Archive and in person with schools and community groups. To learn more, visit passagescanada.ca.
Become a Uniterra Volunteer!
Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC). Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean through the exchange of expertise and knowledge through Canadian volunteers.
Visit http://Uniterra.ca to see current volunteer opportunities.
Canadian Red Cross volunteer positions
If you are someone who is interested in spending a morning or afternoon assisting seniors with transportation and errands such as grocery shopping, then please contact the Canadian Red Cross now!
Volunteer drivers are needed for a new program that provides transportation services within HRM. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact us at 902-424-1420 or send your resume to email@example.com, or visit our website at www.redcross.ca and submit a volunteer application today! See full details here.
Community Help Service Centre Assistants needed too. See more details here.
VOLUNTEER POSITIONS AVAILABLE with Chalice
We are currently seeking key volunteer personnel with demonstrated leadership and communication skills, who are passionate about raising awareness of Global Poverty.
As a member of this dynamic team, you will be working with the Fund Development Department to research funding opportunities and speak with potential donors.
AS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE YOU:
- Have strong relationship building skills and love to inspire others.
- Have leadership skills combined with a compassionate heart.
- Have an aptitude for researching and analyzing information.
If you possess the necessary qualifications, and have the desire to help people in need, we have a role for you!
Respond to this exciting opportunity by submitting your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org (902) 252-3917 ext. 208 (Ligia Angulo)
CAP International (Children/youth As Peacebuilders) is currently looking for volunteers with social media experience, with website experience or with sports or arts skills. Learn more about CAP International here: www.childrenyouthaspeacebuilders.ca and contact Linda Dale for more details here: email@example.com.
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan ( CW4WAfghan) is looking for volunteers in Halifax and other Atlantic communities If you live in the Halifaxand want to be actively involved please email Susan Doucette at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Halifax group will be meeting soon. If you live anywhere else in Atlantic Canada please email Susan Hartley at email@example.com. See more information here.
Cuso International is now accepting applications for our program start-up and baseline volunteers in various countries. The placements start in May 2015 and range from 5-6 months and can be visited here: https://cusoconnect.cusointernational.org/journey/placement/placementslist/
Opportunities with Members
ACIC - Move Your World Youth Conference - www.acic-caci.org
The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and the Canadian Red Cross are always thrilled to invite applicants to volunteer at our Annual Global Issues Youth Symposium held every other fall. This year's Symposium promises to be another inspiring and exciting event for Atlantic Canada-based youth, in an environment that fosters cross-cultural understanding, peaceful conflict resolution and global citizenship that recognizes the local connections to global issues. Volunteers are brought together for a meeting in August and September to prepare for the October event.
Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) members work in solidarity with Afghan women affecting change through education and the promotion of social justice/ human rights. Volunteers help with public engagement events, make presentations to community and school groups, and sell Afghan-made products. Find out more: www.cw4wafghan.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaking the Silence (BTS)
Breaking the Silence (www.breakingthesilenceblog.com) recruits volunteers for short and long-term placements in Guatemala. Areas include: human rights accompaniment, labour and land rights, food sovereignty, women’s rights, resistance to resource extraction, and more. It also hosts delegations that tour Guatemala to meet with BTS partners. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Canada World Youth
Want to make a positive difference in the world? The chance to travel? Whether you’re a student in high school, in the middle of your post-secondary studies, taking a year off, or working full-time, CWY has the international volunteer experience that’s right for you. Visit canadaworldyouth.org to get involved.
Canadian Red Cross
Interested in humanitarian issues? Volunteer locally with the Atlantic Zone Disaster Management Team or internationally as an overseas delegate. Visit www.redcross.ca for more information.
Chalice is an International aid charity that primarily supports community initiatives in developing countries through sponsorship of children and elderly in need. Our volunteers help organize our campaigns, packaging and mailing, contacting parishes and data entry. Please Contact Randy Spaulding at firstname.lastname@example.org or (902) 252-3917 ext. 702.
Falls Brook Centre
Interested in work experiences, internships, wwoofing volunteer opportunities at the Falls Brook Centre? Are you a high school student looking for the experience of a lifetime? Find out about the Annual March Break Humanitarian Trip to Central America and other opportunities with the Falls Brook Centre by visiting www.fallsbrookcentre.ca
Farmers Helping Farmers
FHF carries out projects focused on improving the lives of farmers in Kenya. They have also developed a School Twinning program with the communities they support. Find out more at www.farmershelpingfarmers.ca
GPI Youth are active internationally and at home helping to create genuine progress in environmental conservation, sustainable economics, cultural promotion and good governance. To join GPI Atlantic’s youth program (age 13 to 30), email email@example.com
International Sustainable Community Assistance (ISCA)
Do you have specific knowledge or practical expertise with veterinary medicine, agricultural cooperatives, empowerment of women, or microfinance? Would you like to support ISCA-AIDC in Haiti or South Sudan? Be in touch www.isca-aidc.ca/projects.html
JUDES (Just Us Development Education Society)
Spread the word about fair trade as a volunteer Community Educator, help organize the next action or campaign, or lend a hand with research, graphic design, administration, or outreach. Visit www.judesfairtrade.ca
Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC)
Join a global community of people responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice in the name of Christ. MCC workers serve with churches and community groups in over 50 countries addressing issues of peace, health, education, migration, justice, food and disasters. Find out more at http://serve.mcc.org
Mikinduri Children of Hope
Mikinduri Children of Hope works to help relieve the effects of poverty in Kenya, by working with local leaders, churches, government agencies, and international partners. Get involved in one of their many fundraising events or participate in a KENCAN tour to help provide vision, dental, and medical care. www.mikinduri.com
Nova Scotia Gambia Association (NSGA)
NSGA offers volunteer opportunities in both Canada and in The Gambia to people with different skill sets. Volunteers assist with a variety of projects and initiatives, including individuals with public relations and communications skills, IT skills, and health and education backgrounds. Find out more: novascotiagambia.ca/get-involved/volunteer-with-us
Tatamagouche Centre - Social Justice Youth Camp Facilitator -www.tatacentre.ca
This annual multicultural camp is an opportunity for youth (ages 14-19) to learn how to make a difference. Lots of games, dynamic activities and discussions will be mixed with awareness and action. Join youth from all over Atlantic Canada to practice strategies against racism, use arts against injustice, discuss gender relations and cultural contexts, build alliances, and have a whole lot of fun!
The camp will be facilitated by a diverse team of young adults from the region who actively live their lives working for social change. Check with the Tatamagouche Centre to view postings.
Students Without Borders — An initiative from WUSC offers exciting volunteer and learning opportunities in Latin America, Africa and Asia for Canadian University and College students. Visit www.wusc.ca/en/swb
The Fredericton YMCA is currently supporting the work of the YMCA of Honduras and its efforts to ensure that the rights of young people in that country are protected. Find out more here: www.ymcafredericton.nb.ca/international