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Volunteer

Steps to becoming a volunteer:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Complete background check
  3. Attend Refugee 101 Training
  4. Attend a training specific to your chosen volunteer opportunity
  5. Youth mentors will be expected to complete an in-person interview

Volunteer Opportunities

Front Desk Coverage

We need your help greeting our refugee clients at our office. Primary responsibilities include answering phones and checking in clients. Expect a fast-paced environment with high traffic times, clients who speak minimal English, and little interpretation help. This is a good opportunity to volunteer individually or with a friend!

Requirements: Must be available during the work week, between 9 AM and 4 PM. Minimum commitment: work at the desk twice a month for at least 3 hours. Six month commitment required.

Teach English

Classroom Teacher: The success of resettlement largely depends on a refugee’s access to English instruction. Volunteers will teach English classes weekly for 2.5 hours at Exodus. All materials and curriculum are supplied.

Requirements: Minimum commitment: teach 1 class per week for 6 months. Must complete trainings and class observation. Teaching experience is required and ESL experience will be given preference.

Family Mentor

Working with a mentor helps newcomers attain a better grasp of American culture, successfully integrate into their new community, and achieve personal goals. Refugees will identify goals to work towards with their mentors. Goals might include practical skills such as grocery shopping, budgeting, banking, or getting acquainted with modern technology. Time with the individual or family can be spent at their home, at your home, and/or taking them out to experience new things in Indiana. This is a great opportunity for families, as children have a special ability to form cross-cultural friendships.

Requirements: Minimum 6-month commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee individual or family 2-4 times per month. Must complete 2 trainings. Due to expected low refugee arrivals for 2020, this volunteer opportunity is currently closed. 

Teen Mentor

Refugee youth face unique challenges as they adapt to life in the United States. A mentor provides guidance on how to navigate US culture as a teen and walks with refugee youth as they work towards their future goals. Mentors provide encouragement and support to assist refugees teens in setting themselves up for success.

Mentors will be matched with one or two teens. Teens participating in the program will identify goals they would like to work toward with the help of their mentor. In the past, mentors have helped teens with homework, helped them study for the driver’s test, and taken them to get a library card. Additionally, Exodus will hold monthly educational events for the teens that mentors and mentees will attend together. These will cover topics such as college readiness, employment readiness, and cultural adjustment, in addition to other fun activities.

RequirementsMinimum 9-month commitment. Must be able to meet with the refugee teen at least 2 times per month. Must complete Exodus trainings, Stewards of Children Training (online), and a personal interview. This volunteer opportunity is currently closed for 2020.

Be a Welcome Team

Perfect for faith organizations, companies, and civic organizations, Welcome Teams partner with Exodus to assist a refugee family with adjusting to life in the U.S. Groups typically work with a family during their first 90 days in the U.S., but may also be placed with a recently arrived family who would benefit from support. Commit to at least 3 Welcome activities, such as meeting the family at the airport, setting up an apartment, providing transportation to appointments, teaching English, providing financial assistance (rent, utilities, school supplies etc.) and more.

Requirements: Minimum 90-day commitment. Must be comfortable working with individuals with limited English proficiency. Groups must complete a comprehensive training and all participants must pass a criminal background check.

All volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For help identifying the right volunteer opportunity for you, contact Sara Hindi, community engagement coordinator, at shindi@exodusrefugee.org.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION