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About the Position
Position # 223
OrganizationGrande Prairie Centre for Newcomers
Position Virtual English Conversation Club Facilitator - English Conversation Club (ECC)
Location Virtual
Impact Statement This year-round program is designed to help newcomers to Canada improve their spoken English through guided topics. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their social network, learn about other cultures and perspectives and connect to other newcomers while learning conversation, communication and soft skills. This is a weekly drop-in program thus volunteer facilitators must be able to adapt to groups that range from 2 to 10 people.
Description Key Responsibilities:
- Provide a friendly, welcoming greeting to participants as they arrive / enter the zoom meeting
- Prepare discussion topics before the start of each conversation group
- Facilitate discussion between the participants during the conversation group
- Share cultural experiences and expressions that are common in Canadian culture
- Update the ECC Coordinator on group activities and if there are any concerns or needs

Skills & Qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age and up and have great literacy skills
- Desire to work with and guide newcomers to Canada
- Effective communication skills and the ability to communicate with people who do not have English as their native language is required
- Patient, Friendly, Reliable, and Adaptable
- Independent
- Familiarity or ability to use virtual platforms such as Zoom is required
Training Details New volunteers will meet first with ECC coordinator to go over details of the group, obtain resources, etc. If requested, new volunteers will also have the opportunity to job shadow current volunteer facilitators.
Working Conditions Virtual setting. Meetings are currently held through Zoom.
Duration 7 - 12 months
Timing Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening
Time Detail We are currently looking for facilitator substitutes. In the event that the current facilitator is unavailable we would call you to see if you are available (if you are unavailable you are able to say no of course!). Group meetings are Wed (5 pm – 6:30 pm), Thurs (1 pm – 2:30 pm), or Fri (5 pm – 6:30pm).

Length of Commitment: Minimum six months
Age 18+
Ideal for An Individual
Transportation On a bus route
Accessibility Support Newcomers
Area(s) of Interest Teaching/Tutoring, Newcomer Support
Skill(s) Interpersonal Communication, Community Knowledge/Awareness, Manage Meetings & Groups, Computer Skills, Empathy, Ethical Framework
How to Apply
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Contact Marcia Tiro-Burns
Phone 780-538-4452
Address Suite 505 Grande Prairie, T8V3N4
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