BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 29 U.S. cities each year through initial housing assistance; case management and referral services; job readiness and placement; community and cultural orientation; health and wellness programs; immigration services; and youth programs.

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK: Under the guidance of the Career Development Programs Coordinator, the volunteer Health Professions Mentor will play an important role in providing tutoring and professional guidance to IRC clients actively pursuing careers in healthcare, particularly as Certified Nursing Assistants, Home Care Aides, and Medical Assistants. In this role, the volunteer will meet with clients 1:1 and/or in group settings to lead study sessions and provide encouragement and support to participants of our Healthcare Fellows initiative.  Relevant professional and clinical experience preferred.  Although not required, it is also a significant help if you speak Persian, Pashto, Swahili, Ukrainian, Russian, or Spanish languages.

Time Commitment:  2-5 hrs/week, very flexible schedule.  Minimum three-month commitment.

Location: Volunteers can meet virtually or in-office with clients at the Seattle IRC Office. 1200 S. 192nd Street, Suite 101, SeaTac, WA 98148

Essential Position Functions

  • Provide tutoring and support to clients enrolled in allied health training programs and are preparing for state exams.
  • Provide constructive feedback and guidance.
  • Help build mentees’ professional network and confidence and connect them to resources and opportunities beneficial to their professional development.
  • Encourage independence.


  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
  • Basic knowledge of relevant medical concepts, skills, and ethics.
  • Cultural sensitivity.
  • Must be flexible, patient, and comfortable working with English language learners.


How to apply:

Attend a volunteer orientation! Sign up here.

(Updated January 2024)