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Family mentor volunteer

Start date: Ongoing
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Location: Off-site in the DC Metro area (exact location disclosed to volunteer) 

Time Commitment: This position requires a minimum commitment of six months with 2-4 hours per week. 

Responsibilities: Family mentors work one-on-one with a refugee family or individual to ease their transition to the National Capital Region and the United States. Mentors will focus on a refugee’s English acquisition, socialization of American culture, and better integration into the local community. Based on each clients’ needs and relationship, mentors and mentees can cook together, schedule medical appointments, visit local reservoirs, parks, farmer’s markets, the library, and museums. The initial meeting is conducted in clients’ native language, but the program’s design is to improve English with those who are limited to non-English speakers, or better integrate fluent speakers in their society. It is highly interactive, client-focused, and adapted to meet each clients’ needs and backgrounds.

Skills & Qualifications: The Family Mentor Volunteer must have a strong internal drive to help people and display a positive and upbeat demeanor. Working in a multicultural setting should be preferred, with experience or demonstrated interest in teaching English as a Second Language for limited English speakers. S/he should display creativity and initiative to address the needs of the clients, and be able to work independently. Prior to the start of the program, the Family Mentor Volunteer must attend a Volunteer Orientation and a separate Family Mentor Training, as well as make a one time $600 donation per matched group to the IRC which covers the costs of the Family Mentor Program. 

How to Apply

RSVP to the next volunteer orientation session.