FrançaisThe Community Volunteer program offers support to immigrants as they settle in Canada.
How It Works
You will be matched with a newly arrived immigrant family and you will meet once a week for two hours (minimum 6 months) for conversation, friendship building, and to introduce them to their new community. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will try to match you with a client(s) who has similar interests and is the same gender.
There are three Community Volunteer match options:
- family to family
- 55 +
Community Volunteers will help by:
- Offering social support and introduction to the community
- Practicing skills that will help with daily family activities
- Practicing conversation in English
- Sharing a home-cooked meal
- Introducing their match to people and places in the community (ex. historical sites, community centers, parks, and other places of interest)
- Talking and learning about each other’s traditions and customs
- Exchanging ideas, information and resources
As a volunteer you will receive orientation/training from Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and you must complete a criminal record check and reference checks. The first meeting with your match usually takes place at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia or in their home with the Community Connections Coordinator present. Weekly meetings take place at a time and place that is convenient for everyone.For more information please contact:
Coordinator, Community Connections Program
To volunteer you must first register with us. Check out how to Become a Volunteer at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.