Volunteer with Global Gathering Place to Support Refugees and Immigrants in Saskatoon
The work we do here at Global Gathering Place (GGP) would not be possible without the dedication of many individuals who selflessly volunteer their time to support our newcomer clients.
They do so in numerous ways, from assisting with English and other skills development programs to investing in one-on-one relationships.
The work of volunteers is such an important part of helping newcomers succeed and thrive when settling in Canada.
When: Depends on volunteer & client schedules
What: GGP’s mentoring program is designed to match immigrants and refugees with our dedicated volunteers for one-on-one sessions in order to address their unique needs and offer emotional support. Volunteers may provide newcomers with an opportunity to practice their English communication skills or help prepare them for exams such as IELTS and/or the Canadian Citizenship exam. Mentoring occurs at our offices, local libraries and coffee shops, or clients’ homes.
When: Mondays-Thursdays 4:30-6 pm
What: GGP’s Homework Help program is designed to help newcomer students between Grades 3 to 8 complete their homework and practice their English skills in a safe, positive learning environment. Volunteers assist students with homework assignments and language activities.
English as a Subsequent Language (ESL) Classroom
What: GGP’s ESL classrooms are designed for refugees and immigrants to improve their speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills while learning more about living in Canada. Classes run from Monday-Saturday in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings and volunteers assist the ESL teacher in a variety of ways. Tasks include facilitating groups sessions in breakout rooms, working one-on-one with higher needs students, assisting with assessments, and helping with the preparation of class materials.
When: Mondays-Thursdays 1-3 pm
What: GGP’s Communication Circle is for intermediate and advanced English learners. Volunteers help facilitate breakout room discussions on various topics related to living in Canada designed to improve participants’ speaking and listening skills.
What: GGP provides in-person and over-the-phone interpretation to clients with lower English skills who have medical and other appointments.
Languages especially sought after are Karen, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Tigrinya, Tigre and Afar.
What: GGP offers various other programs throughout the year which benefit from having volunteers join. Volunteers provide individual skills–building support to participants in computer, skating, and swimming classes, help with group facilitation in programs like BrightStart! and CHEF, and lend assistance with group outings through the Family, Fun & Fit program to destinations such as the Western Development Museum or to Wanuskewin Heritage Park.