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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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Wichita, KS

Civics & Citizenship Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Tutors will assist IRC staff in the instruction of US history and relevant English to refugee and immigrant populations. The volunteer will provide in-class civics and citizenship tutoring at least once a week. IRC provides training and resources to all volunteers, who typically instruct one-on-one or in small groups. 

Wichita, KS

Human Trafficking Case Aide Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Human Trafficking Case Aide Intern will work with survivors of sex and labor trafficking, assisting the case manager in everyday direct service activities. This may include, assisting with client intakes, documenting safety planning and ensuring clients have access to emergency resources, facilitating life skills classes, transporting clients to and from appointments, and working within a trauma-informed framework to provide services to some of Wichita and Kansas’ most vulnerable populations. She/he will work directly under the supervision and guidance of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator and the Human Trafficking Caseworker.

Wichita, KS

Human Trafficking Outreach Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Human Trafficking Outreach Intern will work alongside the Anti-Trafficking Program Manager to provide direct outreach services to victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking. This will include, participating in outreach efforts in locations known to house at-risk, highly-vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to, homeless shelters, homeless encampments, Department of Corrections locations, and the hospitality, beauty and restaurant industries. The Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist Intern will facilitate and engage in discussion and training within the community, raising awareness and technical knowledge on the issues of human trafficking in Wichita and Kansas. The Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist Intern will also be responsible for liaising with established community partners to plan, organize and participate in January 2021’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month’s events. S/he will work directly under the supervision and guidance of the Anti-Human Trafficking Program Coordinator.

Wichita, KS

Virtual English Tutors

Start date: Ongoing

Virtual English tutors will work adults to acquire conversational English skills and to use those skills to meet self-identified goals, such as job advancement.

Wichita, KS

Digital Literacy Internship

Start date: Ongoing

The Digital Literacy Intern will develop digital literacy curriculum for people of all abilities by incorporating a variety of technologies into instruction. This intern will work with Adult Education instructors and Employment Caseworkers to plan lessons that integrate components of ESL, child development and computer skills. S/he may also help with administrative tasks. Must be comfortable working with clients from a variety of backgrounds.

Wichita, KS

Virtual English Instructor

Start date: Ongoing

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

Wichita, KS

Virtual Family Mentor

Start date: Ongoing

Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their adaptation to life in the United States. Mentors act as both a friend and resource.

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. 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.