Help Newcomers Settle in Canada
You can help ease the challenges faced by newly arrived immigrants and refugees by volunteering in ISSofBC’s Settlement Mentor program.
As a volunteer Settlement Mentor, you’ll provide newcomers with friendship, support and tips on community resources and services. You can help them with things like learning English, coping with stress, adjusting to their new community, and learning about Canadian life.
You’ll not only helping newcomers make a smoother transition, but you’ll also enjoy many benefits, including:
- Forming rewarding friendships
- Learning skills that can be applied in teaching or social service careers
- Gaining greater understanding of your multicultural community
- Learning about other cultures, countries and languages
Some activities you might enjoy together include:
- Neighbourhood walks
- Practising conversational English
- Library and community centre trips
- Using public transit
- Visiting local attractions
If you’re a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident that has lived in Canada for more than three consecutive years, you’re eligible to become a Settlement Mentor. You don’t have to do it alone; you can mentor together with a partner, friend, family members or other groups.
Volunteers in this program are trained and then matched with a compatible newcomer. Matches are based on factors such as similar interests, family size, age, occupation and other needs. The commitment requires two to four hours of your time each week for a period of six months.