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:
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.