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) - Sustainable Development Goals Hub

This is a space for young Albertans between the ages of 18 and 24 to connect with other young people and mentors from our vast network. We are on a mission to train and engage the next cohort of young leaders who are working towards building a fair, equal and prosperous Alberta. We're looking for young adults around the province who want to build an Alberta that leaves no one behind.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, two full days of training, on-going monthly program meetings, minimum commitment of 60 volunteer hours over a minimum of four months

Contact: 780-988-0200, info@acgc.ca Website: https://acgc.ca/get-involved/thehub/

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 (drop by the office in HUB) 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. Volunteers will act as mentors for children and youth through a variety of programs.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, 3-6 hours of initial training, 1-3 hours per week, minimum one year commitment

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

City of Edmonton Master Composter Recycler Program

This is a "learn and serve" volunteer program. It includes both training and volunteering in the community. Master Composter Recyclers (MCRs) are skilled volunteers who influence friends, family, neighbours, and coworkers to take specific actions that reduce waste. Volunteers complete 40 hours of training over 11 classes. Then they volunteer 35 hours within one year of their training. They learn all about recycling, reuse, composting, sorting waste, waste handling, and reducing waste.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Volunteer training includes in-class instruction and site tours. MCRs are an important part of Edmonton's waste system.

Contact:  780-496-5991, mcrp@edmonton.ca  Website: www.edmonton.ca/mcrp

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

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

U of A International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) recruits over 200 volunteers a year. We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that start off with basic help, such as an Event Assistant or Office Volunteer, to positions with more responsibilities you can work up to, such as a Welcome Ambassador or Senior Peer. Explore your options and discover your best fit!

Commitment, Training, Hours: vary based on position

Contact: gavin.palmer@ualberta.ca  Website: https://www.ualberta.ca/international-student-services/get-involved/volunteer

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. Volunteers work as front-line supportive listeners.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, 37 hours of initial training, monthly on-going training, minimum five hours per week commitment

Contact: 780-492-4268, psc@su.ualberta.ca Website: www.su.ualberta.ca/services/psc

U of A Sexual Assault Centre

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 act as front-line crisis intervention support, or as public educators.

Commitment, Training, Hours: Application process, 50-60 hours of initial training, on-going training, minimum commitment of 4 hours per week (crisis intervention) or ten hours per month (education), for two consecutive University terms or longer.

Contact: 780-492-9771, volcoord@ualberta.ca Website: https://www.ualberta.ca/current-students/sexual-assault-centre/get-involved

Volunteer Alberta

Volunteer Alberta supports the work of nonprofit organizations through network stewardship and workforce development, and helps them impact urban and rural communities across the province. They offer educational workshops and training for member organizations as well as select volunteer mentorship programs for youth.

Contact: 1-877-915-6336, volab@volunteeralberta.ab.ca Website: https://volunteeralberta.ab.ca/

We couldn't possibly list all the opportunities that you could serve as your non-credit opportunity, so be sure to check the Volunteer Connector website for new volunteer opportunities being posted daily.