Wesley Urban Ministries Published: September 28, 2017
Job Type
Wesley Urban Ministries
Fluent in English . Experience in teaching/tutoring/instructing small groups an asset. Familiarity with languages commonly used by our clients is an asset but not a requirement. Strong customer service skills and the ability to work with and assist clients and staff from diverse cultures, backgrounds and age groups
Opportunity Location(s)
Hamilton Central, Hamilton West, Hamilton East, Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek
Age range
18 >
Police Check Required
52 Catharine Street North


Purpose: To develop and facilitate English conversation practice for Newcomers

Volunteers will be matched with newcomer clients and assisting English skill development in an informal, judgement-free setting. Volunteers in this program should be curious about other cultures, empathetic, patient, and familiar with Canadian life. Practicing English may take place outside the client’s home, through visiting places such as a coffee shop or park.

Volunteers can expect to participate in tasks such as:

  • Design and creation of resources for English language skills development and dialogue around key cultural topics such as:
    • Life in Canada, cultural norms, adapting to Hamilton etc.
  • Engage and encourage participants to practice conversational English
  • Support parents to assist their children with their homework
  • Facilitate games/activities that can help improve language skills
  • Prepare activities/topics that are designed to prompt participants to speak up and gain confidence.
  • Learn about clients cultures and lifestyles


  • Act as a representation of Canada and Canadians
  • Build new relationships
  • Facilitate an easier transition to Canadian society for newcomers
  • Watching clients English improve is rewarding

Dates and Times

1 to 3 hours per week, with days, evenings and weekends available.

The location dependent on client and volunteer.
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