Volunteering in Canada

Course Description

Volunteering in Canada (VOLinC) is a 4 week course. This course focuses on the importance of volunteering in Canada: Why do people volunteer in Canada? Why is it given so much importance? How can newcomers integrate into Canadian society and find employment through volunteering? How to find a place where to volunteer?  If you are ready to make this world a little bit brighter, then this course is for you.

The course has been designed for levels CLB 5-8.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the importance of volunteering in Canada
  • compare the culture of volunteering in Canada with the one in your home country
  • shortlist a few places where to volunteer
  • write a cover letter and a resume for a chosen volunteering job
  • describe your strengths pertaining to a specific volunteering position
  • respond effectively to typical interview questions

How to Join

  1. Add the course to your profile. This tells the e-Facilitator that you have joined the course.
  2. Start working on the activities by selecting  an appropriate week below. The weekly menu can be found on the left navigation panel or at the bottom of this page.

How this course works

  • You start the course by completing a self-assessment .
  • Each week you will complete a set of self-study, group study and pair-work activities. At the end of the course, you will take the self-assessment again to measure your progress.
  • You will receive feedback from your eFacilitator and peers as you go through the course.
  • Upon completion of all assignments, you will obtain a Certificate of Participation.


  • self-assessment, before and after the course
  • ongoing feedback on completed weekly activities
  • evidence of ongoing participation in online workshops and discussion forum

Participation Expectations

You are expected to participate in all activities to maximize your  learning. That said, this is a self-directed course and you can adapt the course activities to your goals, needs and availability. If you miss a virtual class, we recommend that you study the class PowerPoint presentation, contact the e-Facilitator to review what you have learnt and discuss any questions you may have with peers on the discussion forum.

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