Survivors of Torture and Trauma Project

Position Activity: Companion / Visitor, Peer Support, Role Model, Settlement, Visiting / Chatting / Socializing

4-8 hours / Weekly
Various locations, Calgary, AB, T2R 0G5 [Map]
Suitability: Adult , Adult Group (Non-corporate), Family
Survivors of Torture and Trauma (SOTT) Project needs caring and committed volunteers like you! You will be providing support for refugees that have suffered torture or traumatic experiences related to torture. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about different cultures, and to improve your cultural sensitivity and communication skills.

Volunteers will provide practical & social support by answering resettlement questions and concerns, and helping refugees to understand Canadian culture. Specifically, volunteers will assist refugee clients to navigate the public transportation, healthcare and education systems. Other activities volunteers do with clients may include family barbeques, recreation activities and visiting local attractions.

Each volunteer or group of volunteers is connected with an individual or family based on the assigned client and your preferences. Factors to be considered include volunteers’ skills, hobbies, location in Calgary and availability. Volunteers are expected to visit their assigned families once a week, for 6 months.

All applicants are subjected to a screening process, and training will be provided on cross-cultural interaction, settlement processes and practical support. Ongoing supervision, guidance, and professional development opportunities will be provided.