IRC volunteers help us with our events and programs, without them we would be unable to do what we do. We appreciate the work of all of our past, present, and future volunteers and look forward to working with you soon.

Volunteer Now

Please watch this space for future volunteer opportunities, or look for announcements in the weekly newsletter.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

To express interest in one of the volunteer opportunities below, fill out this form or email Matthew (, and we’ll be in touch with more information.

Event Marketing: The IRC maintains a directory of places in the KC metro area with public bulletin boards. Volunteers are needed to follow pre-created routes and hang event flyers at locations with bulletin boards to spread the word about upcoming programs. Email Matthew for a list of routes in your area.

Event Photographer: Professional and amateur photographers are needed to take an array of high-quality photos at IRC events. This opportunity can be one-time or ongoing.

Blog Writer: Become a contributor to the IRC’s World Citizen Blog, whether on a one-time or a recurring basis. To learn more about what we look for in blog posts, please click here.

General Event Support: Possible roles include registration, general support, event-specific support, and food and beverage service. Opportunities may not be available at all events. If we do not currently require event support, we will e-mail you when opportunities become available.

Join an IRC Committee: The board of directors of the International Relations Council relies on active committees to develop strategies and action plans for the work of the organization. For more information, please click here.

Community Volunteer Opportunities

Youth for Understanding

Host an exchange student and get ready for a life-changing experience! This is a chance to share your story, your traditions, and your customs while learning about others. When you open your home and heart to a YFU international exchange student, you’ll develop a fresh perspective, make memories, and gain a new family member for life. Apply online at or call to learn more.

Rotary Youth Exchange Seeks Host Families

Rotary Youth Exchange is seeking host families for high school-age foreign exchange students for the 2019 – 2020 school year starting August 1, 2019. Student applicants currently seeking placement come from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Italy, Peru, and Taiwan. RYE likes to have at least two and preferably three host families for each student, so a host family doesn’t have to commit to a full year of hosting. Contact David Beck (785) 817-0144, or Stephen Wheatley for more information about hosting a student. More information about Rotary Youth Exchange is available at

Host Families Needed for Academic Exchange Program

AYUSA Global Youth Exchange is now accepting host family applications for the 2019-2020 school year. AYUSA is an academically focused high school program with stringent testing and interview requirements for students who wish to study in the USA. Students are required to maintain a C or better in every class and are required to take American History, English, math, and science classes. Students are expected to follow all program and family rules, and be contributing members to the host school and community by presenting a positive attitude and completing community service when possible. Students are provided health insurance while on program. It is not required that host families have high school-aged kids living in the home. Please consider sharing your America and making a student’s dreams come true!! If you’re interested in hosting, contact Kerri Craven at or visit for more information.

Global FC Seeks Volunteers for Multiple Opportunities

Global FC exists to bridge diverse cultures to come together. Using soccer as a vehicle for transformative impact, the nonprofit supports under-served youth and families including refugees in the Kansas City area with the tools to overcome obstacles to success. They are currently seeking volunteers for numerous positions, including: coaches, assistant coaches, team managers, team mentors, mentors, drivers, tutors, as well as general volunteers. To find out more about these incredible opportunities to impact youth in life transformational ways, contact: Mariya Dostzadah Goodbrake at or Ella Munthali at

JVS Seeks Mentors for Refugee Youth

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) seeks individuals (ages 18+) to mentor refugee youth (ages 15-24) in achieving their academic and career goals. The JVS Youth Mentor Program promotes positive civic and social engagement and supports individual educational and vocational advancement for refugee youth within the first five years of their arrival in the United States. Mentors will connect with youth for the length of a school year through weekly check-ins and monthly leadership development events. To learn more about mentoring at JVS, contact Sarah Tomas Morgan at or (816) 629-8890.

KC Public Library Seeks Volunteers

Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment is a division of the Kansas City Public Library’s Outreach Department, dedicated to connecting refugee and immigrant patrons and community members to resources for their success. RISE seeks volunteers for the following programs:

  • English in Action: once a week for two hours, meet with a single mentee to help them improve their
  • English speaking skills as their Conversation Mentor. This program occurs at library locations of the participants’ choice.
  • English for Citizenship Preparation: assist instructor in weekly classes, two hours/week for 12 weeks, one-hour volunteer training session required
  • Citizen Interview Mentor Sessions: work one-on-one to prepare patrons for naturalization interview, one to two hours/week, flexible scheduling, two hours of volunteer training required
  • English-Language Learning: lead small classes (life skills, basic English speaking/reading/writing), two hours/week, one hour of training required

To learn more, please visit the RISE website or email the team.