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IRC volunteers help us with out 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 additional future volunteer opportunities, or look for announcements in the weekly newsletter.

IRC Booth at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival
The annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival » (Friday to Sunday, August 16-18, at Swope Park) is a great family outing and a fun way to get to know the food, arts, and people of the world right here in our own global community. As we previous years, the IRC will have an informational booth at the festival, and we'd love your help staffing it. This is a great opportunity to meet other internationally engaged members of the community and share about the IRC. Please sign up here » for the shift of your choice, and we'll be in touch with more information.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

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

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.  If you are interested, please email April more information.  

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.

Volunteer with Another Organization

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 yfuusa.org or call to learn more.


JVS Seeks Mentors for Refugee Youth
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) seeks adults (21+) to mentor refugee youth (ages 15-24) with the JVS Youth Mentor Program. The Youth Mentor Program promotes positive civic and social engagement and supports individual educational and vocational advancement for refugee youth within the first 5 years of their arrival in the United States. Mentors will connect with youth for 4 months in 8 one-on-one career-focused sessions and 2 group education and leadership development events. To learn more about mentoring at JVS, contact Sarah Tomas Morgan at stomasmorgan@jvskc.org.


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, David.BeckRYE@gmail.com or Stephen Wheatley wheatleydc@sbcglobal.net for more information about hosting a student. More information about Rotary Youth Exchange is available at SCRYE.org

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
atkcraven@ayusa.org or visit www.AYUSA.org 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 mariya@branch-global or Ella Munthali at ella@branch-global.com.

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.