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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

Marketing and Outreach Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Do you have a marketing background? Consider assisting our Youth and Career Development programs through outreach and marketing!

San Diego, CA

Vocational ESL Classroom Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Learning English is an important component of arriving to the United States as a refugee. Help us support those who are looking to learn a new language! Click here for more information.

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

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

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

Data Entry Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Do you have experience with online databases and data entry? Consider becoming a data entry volunteer!

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.

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!

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. 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 [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.