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Volunteer Experience - English

Study English, then practise your language skills while volunteering in a local non-for-profit.

Build your English skills in class, then improve fluency while you make a difference in the world.

Choose from our wide variety of English courses and spend 6-12 weeks developing your language abilities. Then volunteer with a Canadian non-profit organization that works in an area you’re passionate about like arts & tourism, the environment, or social & community support. A volunteer experience will help you expand your English fluency, meet local Canadians, and enhance your curriculum vitae.

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LOCATION AVAILABLE

Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal

PROGRAM LENGTH

6-12 weeks study +
4-12 weeks volunteer experience

SCHEDULE

Full-Time or Full-Time Intensive

START DATES

Every Monday except the last week of a session

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LANGUAGE LEVEL

Intermediate 3

ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

MUST be at least 18 years old in Toronto and Montréal and 19 years old in Vancouver.

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Courses

Choose from a variety of course options available at our Canadian Schools. To prepare you for the volunteer experience, we recommend including Business English courses, or courses that focus on topics related to your volunteer experience goals. See some of our suggestions.

Business English develops your English skills for an international business workplace. Practice speaking, listening, reading and writing for a variety of business contexts. Develop accuracy in grammar and vocabulary to communicate effectively in business situations. Topics cover a wide range of general business subjects including careers, management styles and customer service.

  • Language Levels:  B4 I1 I2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal,  New Delhi

This course is designed for students who are interested in learning and practicing business English as it relates to management and human resources. The course focuses on business management principles and human resources practices, and will help you improve your English macro-skills as well as business vocabulary. You will develop a strong base of business vocabulary, increase listening comprehension, practice reading and writing skills through classroom and homework assignments and increase speaking fluency through class conversation, debate and a class presentation.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Brisbane,  Vancouver,  Toronto

English through Global Social Issues is designed to improve your English speaking, reading, vocabulary and critical thinking skills by exploring and discussing contemporary social issues of international appeal such as women’s and children’s rights, health care and environmental issues. In this course, you will develop your English skills through research and discussing thought-provoking and relevant issues of the day.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Montréal

English through Green Leadership gives you the opportunity to build your English skills and explore the topics of global environmental issues and leadership skills. You will develop your speaking, reading, vocabulary and critical thinking skills through fascinating topics such as eco-systems, biodiversity and exploitation leadership.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Vancouver

In International Business English, you will improve your English language skills through the subject of international business. Build your English by reading, writing, listening and speaking about international business topics such as marketing, finance, business law and international trade.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal

Learn how to communicate and express yourself more confidently. Improve your fluency and learn new ways to express yourself for positive, clear and open communication. This is a fluency class with lots of fun speaking and non-verbal behaviour activities.

  • Language Levels:  B3 B4 I1 I2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Montréal,  New Delhi

Develop English speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills and learn about international business culture, cross-cultural communication and business etiquette.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Vancouver,  Toronto,  New Delhi

Improve your interview skills, in person, online and over the phone. The course will help you focus on your employment goals, practice interview techniques and develop profession-specific English vocabulary.  You will be videotaped and critiqued to improve your professional presentation, pronunciation and language skills.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Toronto,  Montréal

Master the essentials of effective business presentations. Build confidence in preparing and delivering presentations in English for a business audience.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal,  New Delhi

Build your business writing skills as you learn to write resumes, cover letters, emails, memos, business letters and business reports.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal,  New Delhi

Develop your English skills as you learn about the exciting world of marketing, including fundamental marketing theories and concepts as well as gaining hands-on practical experience.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Brisbane,  Vancouver,  Toronto

The tourism industry is one of the world's largest employers. This interactive course helps you master industry-related English language skills needed in hospitality jobs such as hotels, catering and concierge. You will have the opportunity to practice a wide range of tasks and functions typical of work in the hospitality industry, such as managing phone calls and correspondence, offering advice on attractions and solving customer service problems.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 B3 B4 I1 I2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver

Explore the language of art, art critique and art production. Practise and improve your English speaking, listening, writing and vocabulary skills through drawing, painting, writing in a creative journal and visiting art exhibits around the city. No previous art experience is necessary.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I1 I2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Montréal

Develop your English speaking, listening and reading skills while exploring Canadian history, geography, culture, art and people. Practise your English by discussing contemporary local, regional and national issues.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Vancouver,  Montréal

Develop your English writing, reading, listening and speaking skills while exploring social media site and its various applications for business, politics and personal use. You will learn how social media is changing our world through examining case-studies, and participating in class discussions and a group project.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Montréal

Public Speaking & Listening with TED Talks helps students master the skills of effective public speaking. Students model the preparation and delivery of presentations on TED Talks, the best public presentations in the world today. Students learn how to organise a speech, how to create slides to support their speech and how to deliver it effectively. During the course, students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as train their listening skills, build fluency and confidence and improve all aspects of pronunciation to take their speaking to the next level.

  • Language Levels:  I1 I2
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal,  New Delhi

Explore and discuss global events and keep pace with today's changing political climate. Improve English speaking, reading, writing and listening skills through discussions and debates on world events such as politics, economics and law. All in Instructional resources for this course are authentic and include television, video and the Internet.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal

Build your listening skills and strategies as you listen to a wide variety of business related recordings of business broadcasts, presentations and workplace communication.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I4
  • Locations:  Brisbane,  Vancouver,  Toronto

Master the secrets of effective public speaking. Learn speech organization, delivery techniques and listening skills – an excellent way to push English skills to a higher level.

  • Language Levels:  A1 A2 I1 I2 I3 I4
  • Locations:  Sydney,  Brisbane,  Melbourne,  Vancouver,  Toronto,  Montréal,  New Delhi

Benefits

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  • Study between 6-12 weeks of Full-Time or Full-Time Intensive English classes to improve your language abilities.
  • Choose from a variety of courses that spark your interests and help you achieve your goals. ILSC may recommend certain courses, like Business English, to help you prepare for your volunteer experience.
  • Spend 4 - 12 weeks in an unpaid position with a local non-profit organization focused on a cause that reflects your interests, previous work experience and educational background.
  • Get excellent placement support, including a dedicated coordinator; a program orientation; a pre-placement workshop with tips and info; guaranteed placement interviews and interview skills training; ongoing monitoring and support; and a final language assessment.
  • Volunteer with a reputable Canadian non-profit organization focused on an important initiative in areas like arts & tourism, the environment, and social and community support.
  • Discover an unforgettable English language learning experience that will strengthen your Curriculum Vitae.

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