Unitea volunteers contribute to increasing social connection of University of Alberta (U of A) undergraduate and graduate students and building more connected communities on U of A campuses. Through one-to-one conversations and group activities, volunteers provide a platform for students to have a conversation discussing a range of topics or issues over a hot beverage and help to foster a sense of connection and support in the community.

The Unitea volunteer program is a great opportunity to build and develop natural helping abilities, supported by the Helping Skills technique. Through the hands on volunteer experience, Unitea volunteers enhance their personal and professional goals and practices while meeting and connecting with fellow students in the campus community.

Both North and Augustana campuses have Unitea volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Every Unitea volunteer commits 9-12 hours/month to their volunteer responsibilities, which include:

  • Engage in conversation with student participants in a minimum 12 one-to-one appointments per term.
  • Be prepared to call upon additional support from supervising staff and/or making referrals to appropriate resources as needed.
  • Plan, organize and host pop-up tea parties in collaboration with fellow Unitea volunteers (including logistics, promotion, facilitation, and assessment).
  • Attend regular meetings per term with supervising staff, senior leadership and/or fellow Unitea volunteers for program updates, topical discussions, debriefing, professional development training, and/or committee work.
  • Track interactions from one-to-one appointments, pop-up tea parties, and other activities/events through provided mediums.
  • Be responsible as a steward of the Unitea program and, by extension, the University of Alberta in terms of resource management, upholding confidentiality, and providing assistance to peers.
  • Contribute to planning, organizing and/or facilitating internal and external activities throughout the academic year to build partnerships with faculties, student groups, campus services, and organizations, to promote Unitea, and to foster community within team of volunteers.

Qualities of Unitea volunteers

Enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at the University of Alberta for the current or upcoming academic year.

  • Certified by the Community Helpers Program* with knowledge of key community resources
  • Enjoy drinking tea (or other hot beverages).
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build rapport, engage in non-judgmental active listening, and demonstrate empathy.
  • Ability to work both independently and as team player with fellow Unitea volunteers and supervising staff/senior leadership.
  • Excellent organization, communication (verbal and written), and time-management skills.
  • Demonstrate personal initiative, motivation, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Strong understanding and respect for privacy and confidentiality.

*Community Helpers certification is mandatory. If successful candidates do not have Community Helpers certification, they are required to take Community Helpers training no later than September 2018. Please visit the Community Helpers page for upcoming training dates.

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Deadline September 5th @ 9:00 AM