International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Cultural Orientation Facilitator

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:

Help newly arrived refugees learn essential information about their new home in the U.S. as a Cultural Orientation Facilitator! Facilitators will lead clients through activities and discussions around cultural adjustment, public services, where to access services and what to expect from their resettlement agency. Curriculum and class activities will be created and refined under the supervision of the IRC’s case work staff throughout the summer. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a social service setting. You will also be exposed to how a refugee resettlement agency operates and many of the challenges refugees face once they arrive in the U.S. Monday shifts will focus on planning for the coming week and outreach activities for incoming refugee students; the remaining days will be spent leading the cultural orientation activities.

LOCATION: IRC SeaTac office

TIME COMMITMENT: At least two and up to four shifts listed below (regular schedule required). Classes take place every other week. Position begins in June 2014. Minimum three month commitment.

CO schedule (every other week):

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Follow guidelines set by case work staff for and lead small-group cultural orientation classes
  • Assist case workers with outreach to clients
  • Troubleshoot transportation and childcare options with refugees
  • Plan and implement assessment strategies for curriculum
  • Provide feedback and collaborate with staff to make adjustments to curriculum as needed
  • Track client participation in classes
  • Respond to changing client populations and make adjustments as needed
  • Track and report volunteer hours and activities to appropriate IRC staff

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds
  • Must be able (or willing to try) to understand English language learners
  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
  • Must be flexible, patient and willing to learn and perform reasonable duties as needed
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful, especially Burmese, Nepali, Somali or French
  • Teaching or tutoring experience preferred, but not required
  • Experience developing curriculum or planning group activities preferred, but not required
  • Must pass a criminal background check
  • Must adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

Reports to: IRC Casework Staff

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