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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.

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Current opportunities

San Diego, CA

San Diego Internship Opportunities

Start date: Ongoing

Academic internships currently available at the IRC in San Diego.

San Diego, CA

Citizenship Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Would you like to help permanent residents applying for naturalization? Become an interview practice workshop tutor!

San Diego, CA

Center for Financial Opportunity: Front Desk Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

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

San Diego, CA

Career Development Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Want to utilize your skills assisting low income community members and refugees in moving beyond entry level jobs to professional, living wage careers? Click here to learn more!

San Diego, CA

Civic Engagement Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Are you interested in helping El Cajon residents learn how to improve their local communities? Become a Civic Engagement Assistant!

San Diego, CA

Tutor Refugee Youth in El Cajon

Start date: Ongoing

If you want to make a difference in your community and leave an impact on our youth, this is the experience for you! Help refugees succeed in school by helping them navigate through their education.

San Diego, CA

FarmWorks Volunteer Work Days

Start date: Ongoing

This is a monthly volunteer opportunity within the Food and Farming Department at the International Rescue Committee in San Diego.

San Diego, CA

College Readiness Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Are you familiar with the college application process and FAFSA application? Become a College Readiness Volunteer to help our refugee students go on to higher education!

San Diego, CA

Immigration 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.

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. Please include your top position choices.

  3. The Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to invite you to a Volunteer Orientation session.

  4. After your application is reviewed and you have attended orientation, you may be selected for an interview.

  5. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks and reference 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.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check and reference check. For High School Opportunities, please email [email protected].

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 [email protected] with questions.