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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.

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

World Refugee Day Volunteers Needed
The IRC is excited to participate in the World Refugee Day planning committee. We hope you can join us on Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for this great annual event. World Refugee Day is a time for the community to come together to raise awareness of refugees at home and abroad. This year's celebration will include live entertainment, free food and drink, face painting, and fun activities for the whole family. This event is open to the public, refugees and non-refugees alike. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the flow activities the day of the celebration. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please email us » to get involved.

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

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
UMKC Avanzando Program Needs Mentors! (Spanish not required)
In the fall of 2011, the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) implemented Avanzando, a program designed to support Latinx students in reaching their academic and career goals. They are working in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) to improve retention, increase graduation rates, and ensure successful transitions into the workforce and/or graduate/professional school. Last year, Avanzando provided support to over 70 UMKC Latinx students including many HDF scholarship recipients, and they expect the program to grow significantly in the coming academic year. An Avanzando mentor commits to and takes an active role in developing a meaningful relationship with a scholar throughout her/his academic career and fosters an environment where the scholar feels free to share successes, concerns and challenges. Sign up here »
Homestay Hosting Opportunity
Global Ties KC is looking for homes within the KC Metro to welcome 6 Ukraine visitors for one week. These professionals are in Kansas City on a program regarding "Roma Issues". They will learn how to engage marginalized communities to promote a more equitable society. Visitors will attend meetings with Global Ties KC from 9-5 p.m. on weekdays, with the weekend available for cultural activities. They ask that families provide a bed, breakfast, dinner, and an authentic American experience.  For more information contact Sarah Martin at 816-421-4231 or smartin@globaltieskc.org

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 ».