English Conversational Club - United for Ukraine: Facilitator

Virtual Program 

Embark on an enriching journey to transform lives when you help war-displaced Ukrainians improve their proficiency in English!

Many of these adults possess basic reading and grammatical skills, but they require nurturing in conversational English.

We invite committed volunteers to spearhead conversational groups and workshops, bolstering confidence in these adults and enabling them to communicate their thoughts and feelings effectively in English.

This program is offered in partnership with United Way British Columbia's United for Ukraine initiative. 


Tuesdays and/or Thursdays

6:45 pm to 8:30 pm


On Zoom 

Your role:

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to help facilitate our English Conversational Club program this semester!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Group Facilitation: Help guide conversational circles, ensuring active participation and a safe environment for learners to practice.
  • Workshop Coordination: Help implement workshops centred on real-life scenarios to enhance spoken English skills. Workshops will take place over Zoom.
  • Feedback: Provide participants constructive feedback, enhancing their pronunciation, vocabulary, and conversational tactics. 
  • Collaboration: Work with other volunteers, ensuring consistency and sharing best practices.
  • Engagement: Provide suggestions to the program teachers about potential interactive activities and games that could encourage speaking and improve fluency.

Benefits to volunteers:

  • Professional Growth: Enhance your facilitation and coordination skills in diverse and dynamic settings.
  • Cultural Insights: Delve deep into Ukrainian culture, stories, and perspectives through heartfelt conversations.
  • Expand Your Network: Forge connections with fellow educators, language enthusiasts, and native English speakers.
  • Acknowledgment: Receive a certificate upon completion, a testament to your dedication and contribution.
  • Lasting Impact: Be a cornerstone in the journey of these displaced adults as they harness the power of conversational English.
  • Obtain credit on your SFU 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 www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record

Program dates:

The English Conversational Club runs every Tuesday and Thursday. You may choose to volunteer on one or both of these days. 

  • Time: Volunteers are needed from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm 
  • Location: Virtually via Zoom 

Duration: From May 14, 2024 to August 15, 2024.

Mandatory Volunteer Training:

Newly recruited volunteers will undergo a thorough orientation, introducing them to our mission, the Ukrainian diaspora, and the specific needs of our learners. This Volunteer Training will take place on:

  • Wednesday, May 8th  
  • From 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • via Zoom

Alternative options will be provided for volunteers who are not available at the above date and time. 


Please note, students and alumni from all universities and colleges may apply for this position.

To thrive in this role, applicants should:

  • Be fluent in English (CLB level 9-12);
  • Have access to a laptop and a reliable internet connection;
  • Be respectful and non-judgmental;
  • Be friendly and reliable;
  • Be encouraging and patient;
  • Be prepared to obtain a Criminal Record Check (futher instructions will be provided);
  • Education or experience related to teaching or adult learning is an asset.


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 as soon as possible. Once you have submitted this application, your information will be sent to the United Way of British Columbia for the next steps.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, May 1st | 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 www.sfu.ca/students/get-involved/recognition/co-curricular-record.