Current Volunteer Opportunities

U School

This volunteer opportunity is organized through our campus partners: U School.

Looking for a unique and meaningful volunteer experience? Want to learn about cool stuff happening on campus? Like working with kids, aged 9-15? Why not try volunteering for U School! U School, a program initiated by the University of Alberta Senate, is currently looking for volunteers for the 2017-18 academic year.

Benefits for you:

  • Make a real difference in the lives of grade 4 through 9 students who come from socially vulnerable metro areas and Aboriginal communities.
  • Be a mentor and role model to a child by sharing your University experience.
  • Have a tangible impact on the campus and Edmonton community.
  • Short shifts and flexible volunteer commitment - volunteer for as many or little shifts as fit into your schedule.
  • Invitation to the U School Convocation Celebration, where all the classes come together to celebrate their experience and receive their U School certificate.

Watch this video to learn even more about the personal benefit of volunteering for U School:


  • Must be member of the campus community (undergraduate students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, faculty, staff, Senator, Board members and/or alumni)


U School currently has volunteer openings for Classroom Mentors, Interviewees, and Photography Guides:

Classroom Mentors: U School is looking for volunteer Classroom Mentors who are passionate about children and learning. Shifts are generally 2.5 hours from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. A Classroom Mentor’s role includes:
  • Interacting with students in small groups
  • Supporting students during small group activities
  • Occasionally leading a small group
  • Modelling and supporting students during journaling time
  • Assisting in keeping students together when moving around campus
  • Answering questions about your U of A and learning journey
  • Modelling appropriate behaviour to students
  • Responding to student’s journals at the end of the day

Interviewees: To help students connect with the University of Alberta, we have created a one-hour session for students to interview people from our campus community. They will ask you about what you are doing on campus, how you got to where you are today, why you came to the U of A and much, much more. Then they will get to tell their classmates all about you. This is a great option for those looking to take part in U School but only have an hour at a time. Interview sessions take place on Wednesdays during lunch hour.

Photography Guides: Each week, U School students receive a lesson about art and photography. Students learn about what art is, and fundamentals in artwork/photography such as composition, colour, and perspective. U School students then use digital cameras and are split into small groups with volunteers. The students and volunteers then spend approximately an hour together exploring campus through an artistic lens, taking photos that capture campus and elements of art from their perspective. Later in the afternoon, U School students get the chance to do a photo editing session. Requirements for this unique position are as follows:

  • Available Tuesdays OR Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. to noon
  • Committed to two separate 2-hour volunteer shifts each month for the duration of the semester
  • Some experience, a high level of comfort, and a passion for working with school-aged children
  • Enthusiasm about art/photography/learning/exploration
  • High level of comfort navigating the U of A north campus
Presenters: U School needs presenters on a wide range of topics. It's very important with students in grades 4 to 9 that the presentations include a hands-on component and are interactive. Some topics they are currently looking for: drama, music, medicine, dentistry, dance, math (especially where it ties to real life), engineering, clothing and textiles, art (print making, sculpture, sketching, drawing, multi-media), Iroquois confederacy, archaeology, women's studies, and Alberta's history. They are always open to your ideas for sessions. If you are interested in being a presenter, please contact U School and indicate what you would like to do a presentation on, what grades it would be appropriate for, and when you'd be available.


University of Alberta, North Campus
U School hosts concurrent classes at Triffo Hall and Education North classrooms most weeks, so check the full description of the shifts when you are signing up.



Vanessa Welz
Volunteer Coordinator, Office of Alumni Relations

Mel Woloszyn
Program Lead, U School