Volunteer

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

As a lean organization whose impact on the community is far larger than our annual budget would suggest, International House relies heavily on the passion, generosity and expertise of volunteers. More than 400 people donate their most valuable asset - their time - each year, as English tutors, legal interns, client service coordinators, social media experts, graphic designers and organizational leaders among other positions. If you are 18 years old or older and are interested in helping us welcome the world to Charlotte, look below at our open positions and join us!

For questions, please contact Samantha Williams, Volunteer Coordinator at swilliams@ihclt.org.
 

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS


Our offices are remaining closed for the fall and we are recruiting for a limited number of interns and volunteers. For more information please contact Samantha Williams at swilliams@ihclt.org.
Citizen Diplomacy Intern: apply here
Program: Citizen Diplomacy Program
Interns will engage in an experiential learning experience through which they learn what is involved in the daily operations of the International House’s Citizen Diplomacy Program. Interns work under ongoing supervision of the Program Director and Program Assistant and receive an on-going training in area of citizen diplomacy, cross-cultural competency, international relations, and community outreach and partnership building. Interns interested working in the field of international affairs and diplomacy, public policies, human rights, grassroots advocacy, nonprofit and government sector will additionally benefit from this experience as a result of gaining program planning, proposal development, project management, marketing, public relations, social media, and information management experience.

Areas interns will gain experience in include:
• Research and Development
o Identify potential program themes for international visitors by conducting research on local industry companies and cultural events/attractions
o Maintain current information files on the City of Charlotte and its resources (professional and cultural)
o Expand professional and volunteer resource base
• Marketing
o Assist in developing a promotional packet containing information on International House services and on the Charlotte area
• Program design and itinerary preparation
o Make logistical arrangements for visitors (hotel, transportation)
o Arrange visitors’ information packets
o Assist in creating visitors’ programs by identifying appropriate professional counterparts in Charlotte and setting up meetings
o Create visitors’ itineraries once professional program has been set up
• Data Maintenance
o Record visits, professional resources, and cultural resources in program database

Time Commitment:
• Minimum of 12-15 hours per week during the hours 11am-5pm.
• Must be able to commit to a full semester, 3-4 months

Qualifications:
• Excellent organizational and communication (both oral and written) skills
• Amicable, positive, cheerful, and flexible personality
• Independent, responsible, and self-motivated • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Computer proficiency required (Microsoft Office and Google docs)
• Knowledge of foreign languages is a plus
• International background or travel experience is a plus

To apply, please submit the following documents to Nina Batson, nbatson@ihclt.org. In the subject line, please indicate Citizen Diplomacy Intern.
1. Resume
2. Writing Sample
3. Cover letter expressing interest in the position
4. or submit all documents on the Volunteer application, apply here
Citizenship Preparation Program (CPP) Volunteer Tutor
Program: Education
The goal of CPP is to promote self-sufficiency and greater opportunity among immigrants as they gain knowledge of American civics and history and confidence in their English language abilities necessary for successful naturalization. CPP specifically targets individuals ready to apply for Citizenship and needing help to prepare for the naturalization interview. Tutors gain experience in adult ESL, have the opportunity to positively impact someone’s life, as well as the opportunity to meet and work with someone from a different culture and background.

Tutoring for 2020 will be held virtually, tutors are asked to have access zoom in order to participate in sessions with students.

Time Commitment:
Tutors and students will meet virtually each Sunday for 1.5 hours, from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Requirements:
•18 years of age or older.
•Can attend all sessions.
•Interest in helping adult students learn English and prepare for naturalization interview.
•Willingness to work with any student assigned and maintain this flexibility throughout your tutoring with CPP program.
•Ability to follow CPP program policies and procedures .
•Flexibility and patience.

Client Services Accepting Applications for Fall 2020-Spring 2021
Program: Client Services International House has closed its physical offices  but is still interacting with clients virtually and by appointment (if needed).  The client services intern will work  alongside the Client Services Director in the office to learn what is involved in the daily operations of International House. Interns will interact and assist organization clients as well as members of Charlotte’s rapidly growing international population via phone and email. Interns will receive training and on-going supervision from the International House Client Services Director and Volunteer Coordinator. Interns interested in working for a non-profit or with international populations will find this position beneficial. Interns will gain experience in office management, customer service, and program organization. Additional skills that students will likely gain from this experience includes cross-cultural competence, interpersonal skills, problem solving, project development, and information management. 
Intern Responsibilities:
  • Assist with registration of students for various Education programs  
  • Createand/or update promotional/outreach information for International House programs
  • Greet visitors (by phone), answer their questions, and educate them on helpful resources or programs; refer visitors to appropriate staff members as needed.
  • Cover the office for the client services director when she is busy with meetings or program errands
  • Perform other related duties as required
Qualifications:
  • Student must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student or a recent graduate. Area of study that may be a particularly good fit include international studies, language culture studies (Spanish, German French, Japanese, etc.)Latin American studies, social work, psychology, sociology, Human Resource Development, hospitality or a closely related field.
  • Desire to work with immigrants and clients of different ethnic and social background 
  • Must be able to work in person at the International House offices.
  • Excellent client service and communication skills 
  • Excellent work ethic
  • Computer literacy required (proficiency in MS Office and Google Docs)  
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic or French language highly desirable  
Time Commitment: • Minimum of 12-15 hours per week from 9 a.m. -5 p.m., 9 a.m.-1p or 1 p.m. -5 p.m. shifts • Minimum of three months, four months strongly preferred To apply, please submit the following documents to Samantha Williams, swilliams@ihclt.org. In the subject line, please indicate Client Services Intern.
1. Resume
2. Schedule
3. Cover Letter
Rising Reader Family Outreach Volunteer Accepting Applications for Fall 2020 apply here
Time Commitment:   
  • Hours will vary based on scheduled delivery time with families. No more than 8 hours per week will be needed.
Qualifications
  • Must be organized and punctual
  • Must have a desire to work with immigrant families and non-native English speakers
  • Bilingual, Spanish and English preferred, but not required
  • Background check required
Responsibilities:
The Rising Readers Family Outreach Volunteers will work with our Education Coordinator to prepare and deliver educational supplies and snack packs weekly to Briarwood Elementary English Language K – 3rd students to ensure the children and families are receiving community resources and are successful in their virtual learning.  
Each volunteer will have no more than 20 families assigned to them. Deliveries to families will be made twice a week. The time of the deliveries will be determined by the volunteer and families.
Additionally, volunteers will help prepare a back-to-school pack for each household that includes healthcare information, PPE, and school supplies to be delivered late August. Further, assist the Intern in preparing weekly learning kits and snack packs to be delivered.
Legal Assistant
We are not accepting applications for 2020.
Home and Dinner Hosting
Program Background
A key part of citizen diplomacy is introducing the international visitors to American home-life and Charlotteans from all walks of life. International House offers home-hosting and dinner-hosting opportunities for people who live in the Charlotte area and are interested in getting to know the visitors on a personal level. Home hosts do just that - host the visitor at their residence for part of or the entire duration of their visit in Charlotte. Dinner hosts prepare a meal for a larger group of people in order to enjoy an evening of conversation with the visitors.
Contact:
Johnelle Causwell at jcauswell@ihclt.org or 704-342-2248 x121.

IMPACT


 

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