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Get involved and expand your intercultural skill set!

University of Alberta International (UAI) recruits over 200 volunteers a year. We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities that start 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!

Volunteer Recruitment

Interested in volunteering for UAI? Our annual volunteer recruitment begins October and invites interested current students to attend an info session.

Note: We can only accept current students of the U of A.

Volunteer opportunities:

Event Assistant


  • Assist large ISVS programs or events (International student orientation events, UAI annual Winter Party, Multicultural Fairs)
  • Assist smaller one-time events throughout the year (field trips, Canada Day)
  • Assist with event logistics
  • Assist with outreach 


  • Requires at least 20 hours during fall Transitions orientation in late August
  • Additional hours are flexible, based on events throughout the academic year


Any required training will be held prior to the event but could be held on the day of the event.

Application Deadline: Ongoing.

International Student Advisory Committee Member

The International Student Advisory Committee (ISAC) advises University of Alberta International (UAI) staff on issues international students face. Participating in ISAC allows you to serve your fellow students by giving meaningful input to UAI.


  • Provide feedback on ISS programs and services
  • Suggest future improvements
  • Belong to a working group dedicated to programs or communications
  • Assist with communication planning & cross promotion of events for international students 

Key Requirements:

  • Actively involved in many campus community groups 
  • Extracurricular activities are an asset 
  • Additional languages are an asset 
  • Hold a valid study permit 

*Preference will be given to those who have not been involved with ISS before.


  • One full academic year
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Perform tasks with an assigned working group
  • Some members also serve as student representatives on high-level University committees

*This position is selection-based.

Application Process:

  1. Express interest when you attend an Info Session.
  2. ISS will contact you in the summer to submit an application
Training: No training required.

Application Deadline: TBD
Office Volunteer


  • Prepare mass mailouts
  • Put up posters before events
  • Compile welcome packages for new students
  • Data entry
The approximate maximum time per semester is 20 hours, based on office needs.

Training: Any required training will be held prior to the event but could be held on the day of the event.

Application Deadline: Ongoing
Senior Peers

Senior Peers are matched with new international students.


  • Assist international students settling in U of A  
  • Support and encourage first-year international students to maximize their overall U of A student experience
  • Help to develop international students' confidence in a new language and culture
  • Maintain mentorship relationships 
  • Peer mentors must commit to minimum of 2 meetups with mentees per month for 1 semester 
  • Senior peers and mentees must attend one checkup meetup per month with the Engagement Coordinator 

Throughout the entire 2024 - 2025 academic year, starting in August.


  • Online training throughout the summer
  • In Person Training sessions in August dates, TBD 
*This volunteer opportunity qualifies for CIL Points.
Welcome Ambassadors


  • Deliver one-on-one orientation to newly arrived students
  • Sign students up for Transitions
  • Answer new students' questions

Qualities we look for:

  • Patience
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Possess imaginative quick thinking
  • Have a good knowledge of on and off-campus resources and services


  • 20 hours minimum in the fall term
  • 5 - 10 hours in the winter term


  • Online training throughout the summer
  • Training sessions in August dates, TBD

*This volunteer opportunity qualifies for CIL Points.

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Volunteer experience for your resume
  • Achieve recognition with the co-curricular record
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Develop interpersonal skills
  • Learn and develop leadership skills
  • Work within an office environment
  • Receive a reference letter (after 20 hours)
  • Make new friends and contacts

What you will learn:

  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal communications skills
  • Presentation preparation
  • Public speaking
  • Leadership skills
  • Event planning

Some positions are selection-based and require past UAI volunteering experience.

NOTE: Volunteering with UAI is recorded on your Co-Curricular Record account, organized by the Students' Union. We offer a letter of acknowledgement that includes the hours you volunteered for UAI and (possibly) a reference letter. Contact us if you have any questions.


For any questions, contact the ISVS team at info@international.ualberta.ca.