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EC Canada: English + Charitable Volunteer Placement



This full-time volunteer placement gives students many work opportunities within federally registered charities. The placements offer hands-on meaningful work, where the student contributes to the community while also building their skills set and improving their language. Students have the opportunity to practice their English or French in a real social context.


Facts

Level

Low-intermediate level of English or French

Course Duration
Minimum placement - 4 weeks; Maximum placement - 16 weeks (with an EC course of minimum 1 week duration)
Course start dates
  • Available all year round

     

Lessons per week
16 to 30 hours per week in city placements.
Available In

This course is suitable for students

  • 18 years and above


What can you expect on this course?

On this programme, students are placed for a 4 to 16 week full-time placement with registered charities in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

All Charitable placements are pre-placements, meaning students must be placed and apply for their C-50 Work Permit before they come to Canada. Students from visa-waiver countries must apply for the C50 work permit at the Port of Entry, as they arrive in Canada. 

Requirements:

  • This is unpaid work
  • Application for Charitable placements must be made 12 weeks or more before arrival.
    Step 1: Student completes application indicating type of placement and length of stay
    Step 2: Student is matched with a Charitable Organization
    Step 3: Student receives the Placement Agreement that the student uses to apply for their C50 Work Permit (visa)
  • C-50 Visa - A C-50 Visa is the name of an exemption code which means students can apply for a permit as soon as they get an offer letter. 
    (Please note that the C50 is not a 50:50 visa, no study component is required, meaning that students can study for any length of time and still be able to take part in a C50 Charitable Volunteer Placement)
  • No minimum or maximum number of study weeks are required
  • Working Holiday Visa holders are also eligible for this placement programme, and can apply for this programme in Canada after starting the course.
  • Accommodation is not included

Placement Fee: $800.00 CAN

 


2017 Placement Fields
The following list of fields can be found on the Program Registration Form. Other fields are available on request, and all fields can be tailored to meet university academic requirements. 

  • Charity Marketing and Public Relations
  • Community Centres and Museums
  • Educational Support
  •  Environmental Organizations
  • Fundraising and Charity Finances
  • Health and Wellness
  • Indigenous Organizations
  • International Causes
  • Multicultural Organizations
  • Seniors Community Services
  • Social Work and Social Services
  • Special Events
  • Urban Animal Care
  • Urban Environment / Parks
  • Youth Community Services
     
  • Charity Marketing and Public Relations
    Charity marketing and PR placements can be done at any type of charity. Placements can involve analyzing markets, competitors and multicultural communication, developing marketing and PR materials, and communicating with donors, clients, and the general public.
  • Community Centres and Museums
    These are primarily guest services placements, ideal for volunteers with an interest in tourism and hospitality. Placements are done at smaller community museums (such as police museums, or museums for a multicultural community), and at local community centres. Volunteers work on delivering programming at each of these sites, doing things such as greeting guests, wayfinding, maintaining cleanliness of public areas, and acting as a guide or docent.
  • Educational Support
    Education support placements are done at community-centre based tutoring and afterschool programs, as well as head start programs for younger children. Volunteers help teachers and school administration with tasks such as preparing teaching materials, monitoring and supporting students in class, and acting as a monitor during activities like field trips.

 

  • Environmental Organizations
    Placements at environmental organizations focus on advocacy and awareness campaigns for local and national environmental issues. This can be combined with hands-on work carrying out the mission of an environmental organization, or carrying out fundraising tasks for the environmental organization. 
     
  • Fundraising and Charity Finances
    These placements can be at any type of charity and centre around fundraising activities. Duties include database maintenance, supporter contact, appreciation events. Work also includes office duties centred on analyzing donations, and sorting, recording, and reporting financial data.
     
     Health and Wellness
     Health and wellness placements are done primarily at senior’s centres, or free clinics, though in some cases for volunteers with academic requirements, they can be done at long term residential care facilities. In each case volunteers will be assisting health care delivery staff in their work, especially in processing samples, doing outreach, and recording information.

  • Indigenous Organizations
    Indigenous organizations serve First Nations, Metis, and Inuit community interests. They cover a broad range of social and political objectives. Volunteers help in the day to day community service of the organization, which can include adult education and poverty relief. Indigenous organizations tend to have a strong indigenous faith component, so volunteers not comfortable around faith and religion may prefer a different field. 

  • International Causes
    These placements are done at charities whose focus is on causes such as international poverty relief, international peace, global health, and global biodiversity. Placements here can include translation, social media advocacy, administrative support, and hands on community relations activities.
     
  • Multicultural Organizations
    Multicultural organizations are those that represent a single minority community in Canada. Typically these organizations operate community centres, and museums. Organizations representing the Japanese, Jewish, and Croatian communities have all hosted in the past. Volunteers have assisted in giving tours, organizing language lessons, promoting exhibitions and more.

  • Seniors Community Services
    Seniors’ centre placements are concentrated on developing and delivering programming of interest to senior citizens. Programming is diverse and can include external and internal activities such as attending films, arranging performances, arranging games and crafting activities and more.

  • Social Work and Social Services
    This field is reserved for volunteers with a background in social work. In this field they work with a registered and accredited social worker, to do outreach and counselling. Volunteers assist the social worker in their day to day duties, with specific tasks determined by the volunteer’s placement needs and interests.

  • Special Events
    This is one of the most diverse field and changes from season to season and month to month. Events can include marathons, film festivals, Christmas markets, street fairs and much more. Depending on what part of the planning cycle the volunteer joins the activity they can participate in planning, execution, and follow-up on special events - or all three if they have a longer placement.

  • Urban Animal Care
    Canadian urban animals can include cats, dogs, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, groundhogs, squirrels, eagles, owls, and marine mammals. Due to the encroachment of Canada’s fast growing urban centres, many of these animals are put at danger due to contact with humans. Volunteers in this field help these animals recover from injuries, help tend to them while in care, and help return them to the wild - where possible.

  • Urban Environment / Parks
    Each of Canada’s major cities includes or is very close to large parks. Some are sculpted by the very same architects who made New York’s Central Park, others are wild and remain in their original state. In each type of park, volunteers help maintain the environment, help guide tours, and help monitor the parks for pollution.

  • Youth Community Services
    Youth community service programs can include seasonal summer camps, specialized weekend and seasonal environmental youth camps, and after school sport and tutoring programs for inner city youth. Volunteers help plan and organize activities and join in at times to help lead them. Other duties can include promoting activities, and supporting administration.