Cultural volunteering

Are you interested in learning more about other languages and cultures? Many volunteering opportunities exist within the Confucius Institute, English Language Centre and International Student Support.

View the list below to see what volunteering opportunity interest you. Make sure you read the "Who can apply?" section of each role before applying.

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  • Chinese language speaker with the Confucius Institute

    The Confucius Institute promotes the learning of Chinese language and culture and works towards a more informed understanding of China. Confucius Institute's Volunteer Team was founded on the establishment of the institution, and now plays an important role in supporting the Confucius Institute. As a member of this volunteering team, you will have the opportunity to meet other people with an interest in China, Chinese language, culture and a chance to develop your work skills. 

    Responsibilities

    • Assist with advice on pronunciation and understanding of Chinese language
    • Help Chinese language students practice speaking in Chinese
    • Attend weekly activities that cover a wide range of different topics in the Chinese language

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public who can speak fluent Chinese and are interested in sharing their Chinese heritage by way of language and culture. Must be respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and enjoy engaging with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please register your interest in being a Chinese language speaker or email confucius.institute@adelaide.edu.au if you have any further questions about this role.

  • Event volunteer for Language & Cultural Engagement

    The Language & Cultural Engagement (LCE) is a free program open to all University of Adelaide students with opportunities for social interaction through language and cultural networking. There are a number of LCE events through-out the year that require volunteer assistance.

    Responsibilities

    • Prepare decorations/materials
    • Assist with set up and pack down
    • Assist with registration and greeting guests
    • Assist with activities and station leader
    • Adhere to food handling requirements when serving dinner
    • Follow instructions from the volunteer supervisor

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be a current student who has attended at least 2 events as a guest. Must be committed with excellent communication skills, high level of time management and organisational skills and have the ability to engage with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Shawna Hooton, International Student Support at iss@adelaide.edu.au or visit their website for the 2019 social event calendar.

  • International Student Support: Talking with Aussies Program

    The Talking With Aussies program helps international students improve their conversational English skills. Volunteers come from a range of age groups and backgrounds, and include students, retirees and working professionals.

    Responsibilities

    • To meet with students on a regular basis (approximately one hour per week)
    • To foster students’ language development, for example: communicating with confidence, pronunciation, and Aussie slang. This will be of a general nature; the program is not a tutoring or editing service
    • To engage in a range of conversation topics which may help the student become more familiar with local customs and culture

    Who can apply?

    Applicants should have the ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups with a patient and friendly manner. Students, staff, alumni and public can volunteer for this position.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online talking with aussies application form or contact Jane Turner Goldsmith, Programme Coordinator at twa@adelaide.edu.au

  • International student support: intercultural program volunteer

    To act as a leader and chaperone to international students studying at the University of Adelaide’s English Language Centre (ELC).

    Responsibilities

    • Must be in attendance with students throughout the duration of an event or activity
    • Ensure students arrive at the specified location on time, through the appropriate transportation
    • Enrich students' experience through knowledge of an event, activity or location
    • Answer questions to help broaden students' broaden cross-cultural understanding
    • Engage the students in conversation in English 
    • Ensure students return safely to the designated location upon completion of an event or activity
    • Be reliable and commit, when indicated, to the duties and times required

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public with a good standard of spoken English, a clear voice and good listening skills. Knowledge of local area and attractions is beneficial. An ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the intercultural program volunteer application form or contact Hung Dao, ELC Student Services Officer at elc@adelaide.edu.au