Volunteer Essentials

Volunteer Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following volunteer requirements prior to applying:

  • Reached the age of 18 by September 1, 2022
  • Enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at the University of Alberta for the 2022/2023 academic year at the North Campus
  • Certified by the Community Helpers Program or share a concrete plan to complete prior to orientation
  • *If you are a successful candidate after interviews, will be required to obtain a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check from location of main address (i.e. what is on your government issued ID)

Unitea volunteers must be available to attend:

  1. Group interviews on Monday, March 21, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; or Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
  2. Individual interview between March 28 - April 11, 2022
  3. Attend Orientation training sessions late August/early September 2022

Volunteer Attributes

Each role may have specific qualities, but generally, we are looking for people who exemplify the following skills and characteristics:

  • Approachable: demonstrates active listening skills in an empathetic, non-judgmental way
  • Openness: committed to learning and demonstrating equity, inclusion, and diversity principles. 
  • Motivational: energetic, creative, and flexible
  • Collaborative: adaptable and willing to work in a team setting
  • Professional: upholds and respects boundaries and aspects around confidentiality and privacy
  • Mindful: recognizes signs related to burnout and practices self-care strategies
  • Accountable: reliable and displays sound time-management practices
  • Community-minded: foster a sense of belonging, inclusion, and openness

Please note that we require those applying as Collective Tea Time Hosts and those hoping to work with front-facing committees (e.g., tabling, public relations, etc.) to have strong group facilitation skills.

Important: One-to-One Tea Time Hosts and Collective Tea Time Hosts are stewards of the Unitea program and, by extension, the University of Alberta. All volunteers are expected to uphold confidentiality and provide assistance to peers (within capacity).

Volunteer Commitment

Tea times (8 hours a month)
  • Two weekly individual tea time shifts (inclusive of the activity itself, preparation, documentation, and administration).
  • One to two collective tea time shifts a month (inclusive of the activity itself, preparation, documentation, and administration).
Training (2 hours a month)
  • Attend monthly team meetings (2 hours a month) 
  • Attend one professional development session per term (free for all Unitea volunteers)
  • Orientation Training (8 hours in total; to take place in late August/early September
Other Program Activities (2 to 4 hours a month)
  • Attend Team Wellness/Outreach committee meetings
  • Participate in Team Wellness/Outreach committee-related activities
  • Engage in Outreach activities, including community events, presentations, tabling, and other (i.e. pop-up tea parties)
Average monthly commitment
12 to 14 hours
Commitment Expectations
Each volunteer commits to at least one academic year (i.e. Fall & Winter terms).
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Unitea Volunteer - Ankit

"As a Unitea Host I had many tea times in last one year and each conversation was very important to me. In almost all the cases the guests were looking forward to getting to know a new person on-campus. The University has students from all around the world and all of them somehow want to get involved in this diverse culture. What better way to meet each other than over a free cup of tea!"