Coming to Canada to start your English as a second language education is very exciting! There are many ways you can get involved with your school. You can join the student club, participate in sports, and even volunteer. The Student Services Coordinators at CultureWorks will even help you find volunteering opportunities to try!
Here are five reasons why you should volunteer while you study English in Canada.
1. Students at English as a Second Language School Can Practice English When Volunteering
ESL students should always be looking for new ways to try out their English language skills outside of the classroom. If you volunteer during your studies in Canada, you can interact with native English speakers.
Whether you volunteer at a soup kitchen helping to feed the less fortunate or volunteer to clean up a park, you are sure to improve your English. Not only is it great for your English practice, it’s very fun to help the community too!
2. Students in an English as a Second Language Program Feel Good Helping Other Students
At our English as a second language school, you can either volunteer in the community or with CultureWorks through the Buddy program. This program is for students who have been in ESL studies longer and want to help out new students.
As a Buddy you will help during student events. You may help by translating for students who have your same culture and language. You may even give advice and share knowledge of your experience. You can feel good about helping fellow students, and make many new friends at the same time.
3. Volunteering at ESL School Can Help Students Determine Their Career Path
When you study English as a second language in Canada through a program like CultureWorks, you can apply for conditional acceptance at one of our partner universities. There are many program types to choose from like business, finance, and health sciences. When you start at CultureWorks you may not know which career you want to study for. However, volunteering could let you explore your options and determine which career you will enjoy the most.
4. Students at English as a Second Language School Can Get Experience for their Resumes
After you complete your ESL program at CultureWorks or graduate from one of our partner universities, you may want to start your career. By volunteering during your studies in Canada, you will have new experiences to add to your resume. Having volunteering experience on your resume will show employers that you are a hardworking and caring individual, and could help your application stand out when you apply for work after graduation.
5. Students in an English as a Second Language Program Will Learn More About Canada
Volunteering during your ESL studies can be a great way to learn more about Canada. By volunteering, you can interact with different Canadians and learn more about their life and culture. Whether you help cook your first Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate, or participate in the Terry Fox Run (a famous Canadian fundraiser for cancer research), you will learn more about Canada.
Are you interested in an English as a second language program?
Visit CultureWorks to get started with us.