Summer Volunteer Program Assistants

**NOTICE: Due to concerns with COVID-19, we are are planning to move our courses online and will have updates available as soon as details are confirmed. We look forward to seeing you all again in-person in 2021**

Please join us for our VPA Information session (featuring free pizza!) on March 9 and 12, 2020.

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

This year's CILLDI Summer School Program will take place from July 6-24, 2020. Classes are offered in two blocks. (Block I will be July 6-15, and Block II July 16-24). Each class runs weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch.

CILLDI VPAs will be assigned to a summer school class in one or two blocks and are invited to join us at any additional social events they are available to participate in.

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, places to eat, 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. Everyone is also welcome to join us at one of our upcoming information sessions in March:

  • Monday, March 9th at 1:00PM in ASH 4-70
  • Thursday, March 12th at 3:30 (Location TBC)

The application deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020. 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, 2016-2020 CILLDI VPA