Community Service-Learning

Non Credit Opportunities

Students are able to find or design their own non-credit opportunity. The CSL Office approves a variety of non-credit opportunities that students can engage in as they pursue their CSL Certificate. 

First, students must submit a completed Non-Credit Opportunity Application Form, signed by the community mentor, to the CSL office for approval.  

To be eligible for recognition by the CSL Office, a non-credit opportunity must:
  • Involve a minimum 30 hours of community-engaged activity
  • Include a minimum 15 hours reflective learning component (e.g., a reflective paper or action plan; or an extensive training and mentorship component).
Upon completion of a non-credit opportunity, students must submit a letter from their supervisor confirming their completed hours and the nature of their participation. 
Students may apply to have a non-credit opportunity approved at any stage in their program; however, approval must have been granted prior to the application deadline for convocation.

This list provides some possibilities for non-credit opportunities, though students are welcome to find or design their own opportunity:

Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) 
The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) is a coalition of voluntary sector organizations located in Alberta, working locally and globally to achieve sustainable human development. Throughout the year, ACGC offers workshops and training to its member organizations.

Contact: 780-988-0200, director@acgc.ca  Website: www.acgc.ca

Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) 
APIRG is an Alberta PIRG. PIRG stands for Public Interest Research Group. PIRGs are student organizations based on the premise that students are citizens, and as such, part of their education should include recognizing and engaging the problems of society. PIRGs exist to provide training, support, and opportunities for students to be active citizens in their communities. APIRG throughout the year offers training and various workshops on activism, communication, etc. Please check their website or subscribe to the Alberta Public Interest Research Group’s (APIRG) email listserv for events and workshop listings.

Contact: 780-492-0614, apirg@ualberta.ca  Website: www.apirg.org

Boys + Girls Club Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Edmonton
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ vision and mission is that every young person will have a positive ongoing relationship with caring adult. They are committed to the healthy development of children in need and their families through provision of quality, one to one volunteer relationships and related programs. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: Commitment varies depending on the program, minimum of 10 hrs training. Hours are flexible depending on the program.

Contact: 780-424-8181 ext 227, general.edmonton@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca  Website: www.bgcbigs.ca

City of Edmonton Master Composter-Recycler Program 
Over a 3 weeks course schedule (Tues/Thurs evenings and Saturday) volunteers will learn about environmental stewardship in our city, such as: history of waste management; home composting; household hazardous waste; vermin-composting and residential recycling. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: This course offers in-class instruction as well as several field trips to various City facilities. After finishing the course, graduates complete 35 hours of volunteer activity promoting the four R's: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. Graduates become important resources in their communities as they broaden awareness about the importance of composting and recycling.

Contact:  780-496-5991, mcrp@edmonton.ca 
Website: www.edmonton.ca/for_residents/garbage_recycling/master-composter-recycler-program.aspx

City of Edmonton Master Naturalist Program 
The Master naturalist Program is a "learn and serve" program for Edmontonians who are interested in learning more about ecology and naturalization in our city, and being involved in the stewardship of local natural areas.

Master Naturalists attend 35 hours of training and field trips, and in turn volunteer for 35 hours in activities that support natural areas management, protection, and education. They help to build community capacity, knowledge and enthusiasm for ongoing stewardship of local natural areas. Volunteer hours must be completed by the September of the year following the course (Master Naturalists have 14 months to complete their volunteer service).

Commitment, Training, Hours: The Master Naturalist course is held at MacEwan University (City Centre Campus), with field trips to local natural areas. It is taught by an excellent team of community and City employees with expertise and experience in natural areas stewardship. The course takes place during the first three weeks in June each year - Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm and full-day Saturdays, for a total of nine sessions.

Contact:  780-496-6147, naturalareas@edmonton.ca   Website:  www.edmonton.ca/MasterNaturalistProgram  

CJSR (Community Campus Radio, U of A) 
Campus Community Radio Station CJSR's programming is a diverse mixture of news, current affairs, and - of course - music. Our mission is to enlighten and entertain our audience through high quality and diverse programming that constantly challenges the status quo. CJSR is a place where people of any age can receive "hands-on" experience in radio broadcasting. We offer volunteer opportunities ranging from board members to DJs and on-air hosts, technicians, engineers, promoters and organizers of CJSR events. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: Volunteers are expected to train at first for five hours on the basics of radio broadcasting. As volunteers engage in production, they will receive ongoing training in interviewing, mixing, and further production. Ongoing training will amount to between 5-7 hours.

Contact: 780-492-2577 ext. 224, volunteer@cjsr.com  Website: www.cjsr.com

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations 
The ECVO is a charitable organization dedicated to providing leadership and mobilizing the collective resources of the voluntary sector, to enhance programs, services, operations and governance of not-for-profit organizations in the Edmonton region. 

Contact: 780-428-5487  Website: www.ecvo.ca

Edmonton Volunteer Training Courses + Opportunities

For volunteer placements that do not offer the required training hours, please inquire into taking additional training programs or workshops. The following lists will help you find the appropriate training you may be looking for, as well as further reading on volunteerism and the nonprofit sector.

Regional Palliative Care Program, Volunteer Education + Recruitment 
Palliative Care Volunteers provide comfort and support to people and families living with terminal illness in the home, hospital, hospices, and palliative care units. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: Volunteers will go through a screening questionnaire and interview and complete a 27 hour Palliative Care Training Course. Volunteers commit a minimum of 3 hours/week for at least three months.

Contact: 780-735-7643, or visit the website for a list of Continuing Care Centres looking for volunteers.  Website: www.palliative.org

Resource Centre for Voluntary Organizations  The RCVO is the information destination for Alberta’s nonprofit sector. Since 1987, thousands of individuals and nonprofit organizations have come to us for information, support, advice and tools to better meet the challenges they face. Look online for the various courses available throughout the year.

Contact: 780-497-5616  Website: www.rcvo.org

Students’ International Health Association
The Students’ International Health Association (SIHA) is a non-profit organization based at the University of Alberta that strives to transform primary health care philosophy into action. Our projects are based on the ideals of universal health care with principles of sustainable, community-based programming. SIHA’s recent projects, both locally and internationally, have been structured around the goals of promoting primary health and increasing awareness about various health issues within the communities in which we work. In order to achieve these goals, education is the avenue through which SIHA has chosen to focus most of its efforts. By delivering local, grassroots seminars on disease prevention/basic care, distributing health provisions that aid in prevention of these ailments, and working closely with established community groups, SIHA aims to reduce the social and economic hardships presented by major global health threats.

Commitment, Training, Hours: The non-credit opportunity is for our Tanzania Projects, which requires at least a prior semester of commitment to SIHA Alberta Projects to be selected. You will be expected to go through our regular application process, after which you can apply for the non-credit opportunity.

Contact:  siha@ualberta.ca   Website: www.siha.ca

Support Network, Edmonton's Crisis + 211 Centre 
Driven by the needs and support of the communities within the Edmonton region, The Support Network is a leader in community information services, crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Individuals and families have easy access to community information and support, are empowered to prevent personal crises and are able to contribute to the wellbeing of society. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, Extensive training (50 hours +) required for a range of programs: Distress Line, Walk-in Counseling, Suicide Prevention, Youth One Support Team Member, and more

Contact: 780-482-0198 or e-mail: volunteers@thesupportnetwork.com  Website: www.thesupportnetwork.com

Tap-In Program 
Sign up at the Tap-In Program’s website as a staff or volunteer of a non-profit agency. Via email you will be notified of courses, or view current courses online. Training Opportunities include: 
Communication, Administration, Fundraising, Board Development, Leadership, etc. Training is free provided the organization you’re volunteering for has signed up for their programs. Staff and volunteers from non-profit organizations go to the Tap-In web site and complete an on-line form to register in the program and identify their training needs. Once approval has been received from their agency they are added to the Tap-In on-line database.

Contact: 780-457-7935

U of A International 
University of Alberta International provides services and programs that contribute an international dimension to the research, teaching and community service aspects of the University of Alberta. In addition to services for students, UAI also provides support to senior administration and faculty members in furthering the University of Alberta's international activities abroad.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Volunteer placements vary, Approximately 10 hours for Peer Leaders/Advisors, Tour Guides, Event Assistants

Contact: Sign up online or call 780-492-6738  Website: www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/uai/volunteer.cfm

U of A Open House National Recruitment is responsible for recruiting prospective undergraduate (national and international within Canada) students.  The Recruitment unit directs, plans, and manages prospective student recruitment programming and develops innovative recruitment and promotion initiatives for the Office of the Registrar. 

Open House is the University of Alberta's largest event each year with over 8,000 guests on campus.  Guests can visit various Faculty and Department booths, attend a variety of presentations, as well as participate in Early Admissions Workshops and Campus Tours.  This one-day event is an important part of the Campus Visit Program's year. 

In order to facilitate an organized, effective and positive experience for guests, staff, and volunteers at Open House, much preparation and leadership is required. The Open House Coordinator will work closely with the On-Campus Recruitment Coordinator and the Campus Visit Program Student Coordinators to organize and prepare volunteers for the day of Open House. This includes administrative duties in the office, helping to prepare for and lead part of Open House Training for all student volunteers, and being present on and in a leadership position at Open House. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: 30 hours throughout the month of October, plus 15 hours final report.

Contact:  780.492.4096  Website: www.ualberta.ca/campusvisits

U of A Peer Support Centre 
The Student Distress Centre is a Students' Union service that offers peer counseling to the University community. Opened in 1969, Student Distress Centre provides information, referrals, crisis intervention, and a completely confidential place to come and talk. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, Extensive Training (50 hours +) required, plus Orientation

Contact: 780-492-4268, drop by Room 030N SUB or email psc@su.ualberta.ca  Website: www.su.ualberta.ca/services/psc

U of A Sexual Assault Centre, Crisis Intervention Volunteer Training 
The University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre, as part of University Student Services, provides a safe place on campus where unconditional support, confidentiality, respect, and advocacy are available for those affected by sexual assault. The U of A Sexual Assault Centre strives for a campus community free of sexual violence. Volunteers provide one-on-one support, information and advocacy for our clients. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: A minimum of 4 hours per week, for two consecutive University terms or longer. Application process, Extensive Training (50 hours +) required.

Contact: 780-492-9771, drop by 2-705 SUB or email SexualAssaultCentre@ualberta.ca  Website: www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/SAC

Uncles + Aunts at Large Edmonton 
Uncles and Aunts at Large (Edmonton Area) Society is a non-profit social services organization whose main function is to help children in single-parent families. The prime focus of the Uncles/Aunts at Large program is to foster a one-on-one relationship between a volunteer Uncle and a male child or between a volunteer Aunt and a female child. 

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, 3 hour orientation, plus 2 hour workshop with the In School Monitoring program. Check-ins and monitoring throughout the minimum time commitment of one year. The volunteer must commit to seeing the child on average once a week for 2-4 hours.

Contact: 780-452-5791 or e-mail info@unclesatlarge.ab.ca  Website: www.unclesatlarge.ab.ca

Volunteer Edmonton 
Volunteer Edmonton functions as a linking agent or facilitator between volunteer organizations and information on volunteerism. Volunteer Edmonton works in partnership with many groups in the capital region on a variety of initiatives. View their list of upcoming workshops at:www.volunteeredmonton.com/events.php

Contact: voled@volunteeredmonton.com  Website: www.volunteeredmonton.com

YMCA Edmonton 
The YMCA reaches out to youth in need, helping them to enhance their individual self-reliance, leadership potential, and employability through employment and education support services offered at the Edmonton YMCA Enterprise Centre. All youth programs incorporate the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Opportunities for mentoring children and youth, through Youth Transitions Program. The YMCA has many other volunteer opportunities, in the areas of Policy Support, Fundraising; Family Support, and Health & Wellness.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process and reference checks; About 8-10 hours training and orientation. Time Out and YTP require a 6 month to one year commitment; Kids’ Club requires a ten week commitment of 1.5 hours twice a week.

Contact: 429-5717/429-9622, or email: volunteer@edmonton.ymca.ca   Website: www.edmonton.ymca.ca