Volunteer with YFU

Volunteer with YFU

Thousands of volunteers and a small staff make the YFU program happen worldwide. Our volunteers are young and old, men and women, students and teachers, busy professionals and retirees. But one thing that ties them together is their drive and motivation for our organization.
What can you provide?

  • You will help introduce students from many cultures into the Canadian school life and enhance our educational system
  • You will contribute to the cultural education of youth
  • You have the opportunity to provide support and guidance to students and families
  • You will help families, students and communities broaden their cultural awareness while they develop lifelong international friendships
  • By helping promote multiculturalism, you will help us move closer to a peaceful world
  • You will have the opportunity to share your personal stories about exchange to new students
  • You will meet interesting people and enhance your relationships with friends, neighbors, co-workers and associates as you enable them to experience hosting or an exchange program
What can you gain?

  • You will build confidence while experiencing the value of intercultural communication
  • You will develop and practice your communication, public speaking, counseling, teamwork and leadership skills, and gain valuable work experience
  • You will get to know teenagers who are adventurous, eager to learn, want to make a difference and are thinking about the future
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with experienced YFU volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds
  • You will have the chance to try new things
  • If you would like to gain international professional experience, you may be offered an opportunity to participate in an international internship
  • Your understanding of family dynamics will increase by working with students and hosts
We are seeking volunteers Canada-wide! YFU is growing and needs your
help to reach those places our current volunteers cannot. Even one
person can make a difference!

How Can You Help?

Thousands of volunteers and a small staff make the YFU program happen worldwide. Our
volunteers are young and old, men and women, students and teachers, busy professionals and
retirees. But one thing that ties them together is their drive and motivation for our organization.
Not only will you help others in their YFU experience, but you will also gain at a personal level.

Every YFU Canada volunteer shares their knowledge and abilities in the
best way they can be applied to the program. Positions vary greatly in the amount
of time that they require - from a few hours a year to helping out every day. If you don't see something that
quite fits you, feel free to contact us to discuss the positions in more detail.
It's really up to you to decide how much time you are willing
and able to dedicate to the program.

Field Manager
Provides supervision and leadership for those volunteers within their designated geographic area or field. Ensures that local efforts are consistent with overall YFU policies and that annual goals are met. Acts as liaison between YFU Canada and local volunteers.

Area Representative
Each student is assigned one Area Representative to mentor them. Area Reps provide support to international students, recruit and interview host families, and is a liaison between the student and their Field Manager.

Airport Support Volunteer

Maintains a YFU presence at designated gateway airport to assist YFU students on their way to their new host families in Canada. Responds to problems, which may include lost luggage, missed connecting flights, lost travel documents, etc.

Orientation Volunteer
Plans and conducts orientations for Canadian and international students, host families and new volunteers using a standard YFU Orientation Manual. Learns or improves their own skills by working with experienced Orientation Trainers.
Recruitment and Marketing
Works with the YFU office to recruit exchange students and host families by creating marketing material, campaign, and doing presentations about the YFU exchange program to
schools, youth groups, service club and attending fairs.

Web and Social Media

Works with the marketing department on developing effective web and social media strategies. Tasks may include updating the website, web design, content, and manage YFU's social media accounts.

Communication

Develops strategies, executes campaigns and works with the students, alumni and media to help spread awareness about our scholarships, exchanges and hosting. Pitches stories to the media, as well as creates stories, videos and photo features.

Administrative Volunteer
Helps out with administrative duties and the everyday tasks of the organization. Answers the phone, makes calls, types, files, gathers information or otherwise helps out during peak times. Also helps conduct host family interviews, student interviews, and follows up with alumni and new applicants.

Please contact us to learn more, or apply using the form above!

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