One of the most valuable experiences that we offer international students at the ELC is the opportunity to interact with native speakers of English. We try to connect ELC students with Canadians in a variety of ways during our programs and are always looking for new volunteers.
While our students gain many new language skills by conversing in and practicing their English, they also learn many details and unique perspectives about life in Canada by spending time with our volunteers. We look forward to helping find the ELC volunteer opportunity that’s right for you!
This is an ideal opportunity if you:
- would like to participate in an EAL classroom
- would like to interact in activities with international students under the guidance of an experienced EAL teacher
- are a UVic Applied Linguistics student looking for more classroom experience in Applied Linguistics
- want to meet people from different parts of the world and learn about other cultures
ELC classes run from Monday to Friday in the mornings and afternoons. Class times are typically from 8:30 am – 12:45 pm and 1:00 – 5:15 pm.
ELC Study Centre
This is a drop-in facility for students in our 12-week Intensive English program (ELPI), and the conversation and cultural exchange that our Canadian volunteers offer there make it a very special place. As a Study Centre volunteer, you can expect to chat with students and help them with homework assignments including reading, vocabulary and presentations.
International Conversation Club (formerly the Conversation Partner Program)
As an International Conversation Club volunteer, you will share English conversation and discuss Canadian culture with students from our Intensive English Language programs. Planned activities may include conversation games, fun workshops and cultural or holiday-themed treats. We want to create a community atmosphere benefiting all participants! We are currently looking for volunteers every Wednesday (from September 28 – November 23) from 6:00 -8:00 pm. Join us at one of our events, or all of them!
Canadian Culture and Conversation Workshops
Students in short-term language programs attend “Canadian Culture and Conversation” workshops to learn about Canada, with Canadians! Volunteers chat with small groups of EAL students in a casual “Coffee and Conversation” atmosphere (coffee/tea and treats are provided). Conversations focus on “living in Victoria/Canada” as volunteers and students share stories of day-to-day events. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum 1-3 hours on Friday mornings.