Afghan Connect: Program Activator

In-person | Deadline extended!

Empower newcomer children, youth and their parents, as they navigate life in Canada!

The SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement Centre works with the Surrey School District (SD36) Welcome Centre to offer support and mentorship to English Language Learners through the Afghan Connect program. This program ensures that parents are informed of school norms and practices and remain connected with their children as all family members acculturate to new environments and life in a new country.

Afghan Connect is family-based and brings both parents and children together to build inter-generational connections and understanding. Children are engaged through sports and interactive activities to develop and strengthen academic and life skills. Parents are offered workshops to strengthen their knowledge of the school system and how to support their children’s adaptation in a new society. Through interactive activities, both children and parents learn, share, and have fun in a supportive environment.

Every Monday 

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

At Riverdale Elementary School

14835 108a Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1W9

Your role:

As a Program Activator, you will help elementary and high school students with their homework, develop and run games/activities for them, and help them develop their conversational skills.

In this role, you will:

  • Learn about the goals of the SD36 Welcome Centre programs and settlement supports in school for newcomers to Canada.
  • Acquire knowledge about the Afghan Connect program curriculum.
  • Apply learned knowledge of the program as well as interpersonal, communication, cross-cultural awareness and instructional skills by assisting in the delivery of program activities.
  • Apply learned knowledge of the program curriculum by coming up with new ideas for activities, or by altering existing activities to meet the needs and interests of the children and youth attending the program.
  • Apply interpersonal, empathy and relationship-building skills by developing healthy relationships with the children and youth in the program.

Other benefits:

  • Gain experience facilitating an afterschool program.
  • Gain demonstrable leadership and mentorship experience.
  • Have the opportunity to engage with other SFU student volunteers.
  • Earn credit on your SFU Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR)! The CCR is an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at

Program Logistics

  • Mondays
  • Time:  From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Location: Riverdale Elementary School (14835 108a Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1W9)
  • Dates: Volunteers must be available to attend session from May 6th to June 24th.  

Mandatory Volunteer Training:

Volunteers will be contacted on a one-on-one basis to schedule their volunteer orientations. 


Please note, students from other universities & colleges may apply, but priority is given to current SFU students (undergraduate, graduate, or continuing studies) and SFU alumni.

To thrive in this role, you should:

  • Be passionate about helping those in the community and making a difference;
  • Cultivate a positive and energetic attitude;
  • Have a strong commitment to fostering a supportive team environment;
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be excited to work with people with diverse backgrounds and personalities;
  • Have experience or a strong interest in working with children, youth, and newcomers to Canada;
  • Be dependable, flexible and resourceful;
  • Provide the SD36 Welcome Centre with a copy of a Criminal Record Check (CRC).


If you are interested in this opportunity, please click the 'APPLY NOW' button below and submit your initial expression of interest.

You will then receive an email from SurveyMonkey containing our application form which must be completed before the deadline below. Once you have submitted this application, your information will be sent to Surrey School District (SD36) staff for the next steps.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, May 15th | 11:59 PM

Please note: If the required number of volunteers for this opportunity is reached before the above deadline, this posting may be taken down.



Collection Notice: The information collected as part of the application process is under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468). It is related directly to and needed by the University to administer the volunteer program through the SFU Surrey – TD Community Engagement Centre. The information will be used to screen volunteer applicants, refer applicants to opportunities of interest, and update applicants with information related to volunteer opportunities. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information please contact Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs, 250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey BC, V3T 0A3, 778-782-8082.    

Ready to learn about volunteering with the community as an SFU ambassador? Join the Community Engagement Volunteer Training Program.

Learn more

This opportunity is recognized on the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official university document that tracks your co-curricular involvement at SFU. Learn more about the Co-Curricular Record at