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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in San Diego, CA, you use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution to rebuild their lives in America. See below for the latest volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

Current opportunities

San Diego, CA

After School Tutor (High School)

Start date: Ongoing

Do you enjoy watching students achieve new heights? Do you have experience in high school curriculum? Consider tutoring a high school refugee.

San Diego, CA

Higher Learning Navigator

Start date: Ongoing

Witness refugee youth move closer towards their goals. Tutor a refugee student currently enrolled or enrolling into university.

San Diego, CA

VESL Plus Computer Literacy Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

For some refugees, turning on a computer is a new and crucial stepping stone to success. Help refugees take that step toward computer literacy and self sufficiency.

San Diego, CA

Center for Financial Opportunity: Front Desk Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Join our Center for Financial Opportunity to empower and support refugees as well as other community members obtain and succeed in employment opportunities.

San Diego, CA

Immigration: Front Desk Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Are you passionate about the U.S. Immigration system? Help our clients apply for U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, petition family members, family reunification, DACA, and much more.

San Diego, CA

Employment Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Perfect your resume building and job search skills as you support clients looking for their first job!

San Diego, CA

Basic Skills Youth Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Dare to dream with young adults looking towards a brighter future, tutor 17-21 year old out of school refugees in our El Cajon Office!

San Diego, CA

Job Club Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help elevate refugee youth with professional development.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

  2. Complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.

  3. After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an interview.

  4. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $49 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible. This step can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.

  5. Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check. For High School Opportunities, please email VolunteerSD@Rescue.org or see our Youth Ambassador Program page.

Most positions require a 3 month volunteer commitment with 5 hours per week. If this is not feasible for you, please email us about our on-call opportunities.

Please email VolunteerSD@Rescue.org with questions.