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Cultural Orientation Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

TIME COMMITMENT: Classes are held at least once a month, flexible times and dates. 6-month commitment preferred.
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity, and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
SCOPE OF WORK: The IRC in New Jersey seeks volunteers to teach Cultural Orientation classes,  where newly arrived refugees learn about the basics of life in the U.S. Wide-ranging topics such as emergency services,  transportation, and school are covered so that refugees can begin to thrive in their new environment. Volunteers will also help newly arrived refugees explore their neighborhoods and provide follow-up support for individuals needing additional one-on-one assistance.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
Facilitate small to large group instruction using provided Cultural Orientation curriculum.
Work with interpreters to effectively deliver instructional content to multilingual students.
Assist in orienting newly arrived refugees to their neighborhoods through classes and field trips (libraries, parks, clothing stores, grocery stores, and other community services).
Assist in teaching refugees how to navigate NJ Transit.
Provide follow-up for individuals needing more assistance after Cultural Orientation class.
Help develop new resources to introduce newly arrived refugees to U.S. customs, laws and culture.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Complete online Cultural Orientation provider certification course and attend in-person training sessions as required.
Experience working with diverse populations and English language learners.
Proven ability to demonstrate patience, understanding, and flexibility.
Experience in fostering a warm and welcoming environment in group settings.
A willingness to work with, and take direction from, program staff.
Demonstrated ability to work independently in a multicultural environment.
A willingness to ride public transportation and/or provide transportation for clients in their own vehicle for field trips.
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