Volunteer with Unitea

Sip. Chat. Connect.

Connection starts with a conversation, and what better way to connect than over a cup of tea or coffee (in-person or virtually)? The Unitea volunteer program provides a platform for connection in two ways: one-to-one tea times and collective tea times. Through engaging with students individually and facilitating group conversations, Unitea volunteers can connect with their peers in supportive, respectful, safe, and meaningful ways. Volunteers are knowledgeable in campus and community resources and can make referrals as needed. If you're wondering about how steep the learning curve may be to become a Unitea volunteer, we've got you covered! All of our volunteers receive training in supportive listening and group facilitation skills in a variety of topics.

Unitea Mission and Vision:

Mission: Building community one tea at a time.

Vision: Our vision is strong campuses that foster open communities where voices are heard, well-being is promoted, and social interactions flourish.

We believe that Unitea is strengthened by the diversity of its volunteers. We strive for inclusion that reflects a variety of lived experiences, identities, perspectives, and beliefs of our volunteers.

Why Volunteer with Unitea?

If connecting with your peers over a hot beverage sounds like your cup of tea, we would love to hear from you! Further to helping reduce loneliness, gaining experience and formal training in communication strategies, and acquiring extensive knowledge around campus and community resources, volunteers have an opportunity to gain skills in other areas by participating in various Unitea committees and groups on campus. Check out our Volunteer Essentials to find out more about volunteering with Unitea.

In recognition of accessibility-related needs, Unitea volunteer applications are open to supporting accommodations for volunteers and participants. Feel free to connect with Unitea unitea@ualberta.ca.

Opportunities (North Campus)

One-to-One Tea Time Host
Collective Tea Time Host


Unitea’s volunteer application is closed for the 2022/2023 academic year. If you would like to receive an update when our volunteer application opens for the 2023/2024 academic year, click on the button below.

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Unitea Volunteer - Danielle

"My favourite part of any conversation is when we touch on a subject that the tea time guest is really passionate about. There's a light that goes on in their eyes and a brightness that spreads across their face when you find something you both have in common or a shared experience. I remember one conversation in particular about childhood pets that helped a guest and myself to connect, not only through our shared love of our past pets, but also the connections these memories have to our childhood homes, which we both no longer live near."