English + Volunteering

Learn English and Improve while Volunteering in Calgary!


Voluntern is a term developed to refer to a type of full-time volunteer placement that gives students many of the same work opportunities as they would have had as a language coop intern, but with all placements done at federally registered charities. The Voluntern program has very open and flexible requirements and can adapt to accept all participants, including those with English as a second language, and special needs participants. The four key requirements of Voluntern are: 

  • Students must speak English at an intermediate level or above
  • Aged 19 and above (NB: There is no upper age limit)
  • Wilderness placement students must be physically fit as the work can be strenuous
  • Students must be able to participate in the Voluntern program for at least 20 hours per week, and must be able to financially support themselves for the duration of the placement

ENTRANCE LEVEL: At the time of starting the Volunteer Program, Students must speak English at an Intermediate level or above.