Become a Volunteer
 
We offer volunteer projects for people 18 and up who want to promote cultural understanding in our community. Our services and programs serve people coming to Charlotte from all over the world. Our volunteers don't need a plane ticket--just a desire to help and a time commitment. International House is where Charlotte welcomes the world!

Our offices and classrooms are in the Midwood International & Cultural Center in the Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood.

If you’re a student and would like for a volunteer role to be an internship, let us know. An internship can be established for a semester and provide course credit or service learning experience.

All volunteer roles and internship positions are unpaid. Staff work with volunteers and interns professionally and provide hands-on, real-world experience.

 
Questions? Contact Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator, at swilliams@ihclt.org or 704-333-8099, ext. 127.
 

  Current Volunteer Opportunities

Email Samantha Williams, swilliams@ihclt.org or call 704-333-8099 ext 127 for information about Fall Positions:

Upcoming Events:

The PGA Golf Tournament: August 7th-13th, 2017

  • For volunteers 16 and older
  • To signup as a volunteer visit here
  • For questions and information email Samantha Williams, swilliams@ihclt.org


Cultural Programs

  • No positions at this time!

Client Services, Immigration Law Clinic and Volunteer Program

Fund Development & Marketing Offices

  • No positions at this time! 

Education Program 

Citizen Diplomacy Program


 Job Descriptions and Application Instructions

 


Citizen Diplomacy Intern

CDP volunteers in the bullpenThis role is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in international affairs. Citizen Diplomacy Program interns develop professional experience in program planning, project management, marketing, and public relations. (Read about our Citizen Diplomacy Program here.)

Dates of service will align to Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. Typically, we recruit four CDP interns each session.The internship commitment is 12-15 hours a week. The selected interns will set daily schedules with the Director of Citizen Diplomacy Program.

For more information, please download the Citizen Diplomacy Intern Job Description

To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Please email your application, cover letter and resume to swilliams@ihclt.orgIn the subject line, please indicate CDP Intern. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator.

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Citizenship Tutor

Citizenship Tutors help foreign-born adults study for a naturalization interview. Do you like U.S. history, politics, and government? These areas are the focus of the U.S. citizenship exam.

International House staff will provide training and study materials. You bring the enthusiasm. Citizenship tutors “pre-teach” vocabulary and concepts in a one-on-one setting just prior to group lessons. This focused instruction helps students to recognize in-class material and build long-term memory of the day’s lesson topic. (See photos of a recent class graduation on Facebook.)

The next orientation and training for new Citizenship Tutors: Sunday, September 10th at 2pm

Time Commitment:

  • The next eight-week cycle of CTP will run September 17-November 5th. 
  • Tutors and students are paired on Sundays 1:30  – 3 p.m. [Note: Following the tutor session, students will meet in Citizenship classes taught by other volunteers and staff from 3 – 5 p.m.]

Requirements:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Native or near-native English speaker
  • Can commit to the full eight weeks
  • Enjoys and is comfortable working with immigrants
  • Remains positive and flexible in challenging situations
  • Can attend our Tutor Orientation Session (at the start of volunteer service when you're new to the role)

 

IMPORTANT: If you are a current tutor and would like to be added to tutor again for the upcoming cycle, please contact Samantha Williams at swilliams@ihclt.org to confirm your continuing interest. Tutors are not automatically added to the list for the upcoming cycles.


 FAQ for tutors

 

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Client Services Assistant

Client Services volunteers work in the Front Office and help with daily operations. Our atmosphere is friendly; you’ll meet people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Job duties are primarily clerical and administrative.

Dates of service will align to Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. Volunteers can serve a half-day or full-day in these shifts: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. or 9 a.m.- Noon or 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The selected volunteer(s) will set a daily schedule with the Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information, please download the Client Services Assistant Job Description.

To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Please email your application and resume to swilliams@ihclt.org. In the subject line, please indicate Client Services Assistant. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator.

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 Education Program Coordinator

EDU program interns - 2014This position offers opportunities to meet and work with both clients and volunteers. It is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about nonprofit management and education programming. (Read about our English classes here.)

Dates of service will align to Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. The selected intern will set a daily schedule that allows for working 15 hours a week. Availability Tuesday -Thursday is required with some specific shifts. 

For more information, please download the Education Program Coordinator Job  Description.

To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Please email your application, cover letter and resume to Swilliams@ihclt.org. In the subject line, please indicate EDU Intern. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator.

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English Tutor

One-on-one tutoring helps adults to gain confidence and proficiency in speaking, writing and understanding English. As an English Tutor in our English Tutoring Program (ETP), you’ll make a new friend and help him or her to develop a skill that is critical to employment and acclimation into our community. What our brief video (above) to hear what tutors have to say about this wonderful volunteer role.

The next orientation and training for new English TutorsThursday, September 7th, from 6-8pm.

Requirements:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Native or near-native English speaker
  • Can commit to full twelve weeks
  • Enjoys and is comfortable working with immigrants
  • Remains positive and flexible in challenging situations
  • Can attend at our Tutor Orientation Session (at the start of volunteer service when you're new to the role)

Time Commitment:

  • The next twelve-week session of ETP runs September 14- December 7. (No class Nov 23)
  • Tutors and students are paired for two hours a week on Thursdays. Choose from one of available time slots: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and/or 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

 

   

IMPORTANT: If you are a current tutor and would like to be added to tutor again for the upcoming cycle, please contact Samantha Williams at swilliams@ihclt.org to confirm your continuing interest. Tutors are not automatically added to the list for the upcoming cycles.  

 

FAQ for tutors

 

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ETP Coordinator

In this role, the coordinator answers questions from tutors about lesson planning and helps to match tutors with students. On an “as-needed” basis, a coordinator may tutor an adult student, but primary tasks are assisting with tutor training and tutor care.(Read about our English Tutoring Program here.)


Dates of service will align to Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. ETP Coordinators volunteer up to three hours a week, on Thursdays. The time commitment will be 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 6-8 p.m plus extra time before and after tutor hour.

For more information, please download the ETP Coordinator Job Description.


To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Please email your application and resume to swilliams@ihclt.org. In the subject line, please indicate ETP Coordinator. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator
 

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 Home Host/Dinner Host

When guests visit the Charlotte area as part of our Citizen Diplomacy Program, they take tours and participate in workshops that are relevant to their business, cultural or professional development interest. Staff and volunteers in our Citizen Diplomacy Program establish their itineraries and recruit volunteers to provide hospitality.

Home Hosts are volunteers who welcome guests for overnight stays.

Dinner Hosts are volunteers who provide a meal at home to our guests. 

Interested? Our Citizen Diplomacy Program brings the world to you, offering incredible opportunities to create lasting family memories. We'll send you more information so that you can consider hosting -- just use this easy Home Host/Dinner Host Interest Form. Thanks!

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Legal Assistant

This experience is ideal for someone interested in learning about immigration law. (Read about our Ginter Immigration Law Clinic here.)

Dates of service will align to Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. The selected Legal Assistant(s) will set a daily schedule that allows for working 12-15 hours a week.

For more information, please download the Legal Assistant Job Description.

To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Please email your application and resume to swilliams@ihclt.orgIn the subject line, please indicate Legal Assistant. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator.

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Rising Readers Program Assistant

Rising Readers tutor training 2014Our Rising Readers program helps rising kindergarten through third graders work on fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing through fun and engaging literacy activities. It’s a summer literacy program. The Rising Readers Program Assistant will work directly with International House and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools staff to help planning for the 2017 session. (Read about our Rising Readers initiative here.)

The selected intern will set a daily schedule that allows for working 10-12 hours a week with the Director of Education.

For more information, please download the Rising Readers Program Assistant Job Description.

To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Email your application and the other items noted in the job description to swilliams@ihclt.org  In the subject line, please indicate RR Program Assistant. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, Americorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator. 

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Volunteer Program & Social Media Assistant

This position is a great opportunity to gain experience in a non-profit management. The volunteer will help with recruitment and management of volunteers and interns. They will also help with social media marketing, cultural programs and events, as well as fundraising.  

Dates of service will align to Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. The selected volunteer will work at least six hours a week and will set a schedule with the Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information, please download the Volunteer Program & Social Media Assistant Job Description.

To apply, please complete the Volunteer & Intern Application. (You'll need to save it to your desktop from our Google Drive.) Please email your application and resume to Swilliams@ihclt.org. In the subject line, please indicate Volunteer Program & Social Media Assistant. Your email will go to Samantha Williams, AmeriCorps ACCESS Volunteer Coordinator.

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Give Us Your Feedback

If you're a current volunteer, please send us your monthly hours report and take a satisfaction survey.

Knowing how many hours volunteers collectively give to the organization helps staff  to manage programs. Plus, if you need a record of your service time with International House, staff can only provide that information if you've reported your hours. (And, we send reports to funders that need volunteer service hours tallies.)

Knowing from volunteers about what's working well and what's not, helps staff to continue progress and to make changes when needed. Thank you!

smiley, bland and frowny faces to represent survey responses

 

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