International Rescue Committee (IRC)

San Jose Volunteer Opportunities

Please Note:

1) All volunteers and interns must be at least 18 years of age & undergo a security background check

2)Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 12 pm or 12:30 to 3:30 pm

3) Please contact Amy Rinaldo at for more information.


1. English Class Support
Volunteers assist the ESL teachers in helping clients learn English by aiding with assignments and activities in class.  

2. Employment Program Support
Volunteers assist with helping newly arrived refugees search for and attain employment. Under the supervision and direction of the Employment Specialist, volunteers help with a range of activities such as creating resumes, filling out job applications, mentoring clients one-on-one about finding work in the US, assisting with the IRC’s weekly job class, etc.

3. Resettlement Program Support
Volunteers assist with resettlement activities such as setting up apartments, accompanying clients to appointments, teaching clients how to use public transportation, and acculturating to the Oakland community. They also assist case managers to maintain case files and other office work as needed.