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Refugee Mentoring

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Learning the ropes in a new culture takes time, it can also be stressful. Newly arrived refugees can find it challenging to handle the day -to- day demands of life and understand U.S. American values and culture. Caseworkers often do not have time to help them with everyday struggles.

Location: IRC in Miami

Time Commitment: For all in-office volunteers, we require a minimum committment of 3 months, and 5 hours a week. 

Responsibilities: IRC mentor volunteers in the program will offer refugees their friendship and will help them with skills and recreational activities that include:

  • Educating newcomers on key transportation routes, i.e. Bus
  • Learning to use the Internet
  • Holding Role Play interviews
  • Practicing English outside the classroom
  • Getting a Library Card
  • Applying for jobs
  • Going to the bank, using and ATM and credit cards and much more


  • Able to work independently to identify and address client needs in a limited-English environment.
  • Conduct oneself in a responsible and appropriate fashion as an IRC representative to the family and the Miami community.
  • Commit to interacting with a family for five hours per week on a regular basis with a focus on building self-sufficiency skills.
  • Strictly adhere to the IRC’s confidentiality policy
  • Able to engage in open-minded communication regarding new cultural perspectives
  • Report monthly volunteer activities accurately and on time

How to apply:

Attend an information session

Volunteers interested in working with a refugee family need to contact Oasis Pena at (305) 640.9881 ext. 31 or via e-mail at oasis.pena [at] rescue.org