Summer Volunteer Program Assistants

Summer Volunteer Program Assistants

Please join us for our VPA Information session (featuring free pizza!) on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in ASH 4-70.

The CILLDI volunteer program assistant initiative began in the summer of 2012. Our VPA positions are flexible with room for creativity and personal initiative.

CILLDI VPAs will be assigned to a summer school class in one or two blocks. This year’s 20th anniversary CILLDI summer program will take place from July 8, 2019, to July 26, 2019.

Classes are offered in two blocks.  (Block I will be July 8-17, and Block II July 18-26). Each class runs weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

Program assistants will also be invited to attend our 20th anniversary celebrations.

VPA responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting students (with work, questions, etc) and providing administrative support to instructors
  • Helping with the organization of social events
  • Being a U of A campus ambassador: showing students from out of town where to find classes, residences, and administration buildings
  • Contributing to record-keeping projects (we may ask you to take photos or video)

We welcome applicants with a wide variety of skills. While a background in Linguistics, Education, Native Studies, or Anthropology is not necessary to succeed as part of CILLDI, a commitment to the preservation of linguistic diversity is. With this in mind, we appreciate applicants from all academic backgrounds and all levels of education.

The application deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019. Please submit your completed Volunteer Program Assistant Application Form to the CILLDI office by email ( or fax (780-492-0806).

Our VPA Information Letter is also available for download.

"CILLDI provides valuable experience and networking opportunities for those interested in linguistics, technology and language, and language policy. CILLDI program assistants work with and learn from speakers of Indigenous languages from various language families across Canada and professional linguists on the front lines of language documentation and revitalization." – Ashleigh, 2016-2018 CILLDI VPA