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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Wichita, KS, 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

Wichita, KS

Job Readiness Training (JRT) Teacher-Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Employment/JRT volunteer will work with IRC’s Employment Specialist and JRT Coordinator to provide basic employment and job readiness training for refugee clients upon their arrival.

Wichita, KS

Immigration Services Assistant - Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Immigration Volunteer will work directly with the Immigration Caseworker and Immigration Services Coordinator to assist with the delivery of services.

Wichita, KS

Administrative Assistant Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Administrative Assistant Volunteer serves as the 1st point of contact for clients and visitors of the IRC. Volunteers will learn to thrive in a multicultural environment by working and communicating with speakers of different languages.

Wichita, KS

Childcare Engagement Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

As our IRC refugee clients come in for English language skills (ELT) class, or cultural orientation, the childcare volunteer provides the essential supervision and care for clients’ children so that both ELT teacher and parent clients can focus on class.

Wichita, KS

Caseworker Assistant - Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The casework assistant volunteer works with IRC's caseworker to provide services for refugees resettling in Wichita.

Wichita, KS

After School Program Instruction Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

After school program instructors will lead or assist the lead instructor to deliver afterschool program curriculum and student support. In collaboration with the Youth Coordination VISTA and onsite administrators, the instructors will plan and deliver tutoring sessions, support homework completion and lead other activities to develop refugee youth and their peer mentors.

Wichita, KS

Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their adaptation to life in the United States. Through participating in a variety of activities, the mentor will act as both a friend and resource.

Wichita, KS

English Language Training (ELT) Instructor - Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help newly arrived refugees learn English! The IRC's daily ELT classes provide clients with beginning to intermediate level lesson taught by volunteer instructors.

Wichita, KS

Resettlement Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Help newly arrived refugees settle into their new lives in America! This could include: setting up their new apartments, transporting families to school enrollments, or teaching clients how to use public transportation.

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 $40 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 services 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.