Your time, energy and ideas can help transform the lives of women and children at Interval House.

Volunteers are critical to daily life at Interval House and take on a broad range of activities.

Current Opportunities:

Volunteer Job Title: ESL Teacher

Department: Residential Program

About Interval House

For 40 years Interval House has been dedicated to providing abused women with the help they need to break the cycle of violence. As Canada’s first safe haven from violence, we continue to acknowledge the fact that the women who come to our shelter have demonstrated remarkable courage, strength and resilience. Interval House believes that every woman has the right to a safe and healthy environment, and it is our policy to ensure that every woman who comes to us is treated with the respect she deserves.

Position Objective

To assist women, for whom English is a second language, with developing and increasing their English listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiencies.


  • Create a supportive environment that is conducive to learning, taking into account barriers that might affect women’s abilities to learn English
  • Develop and deliver simple  lesson plans
  • Use a variety of instructional techniques and teaching strategies to meet different aptitudes and interests, including current technology and group or individual learning
  • Communicate progresses and challenges with staff


  • ESL teaching experience essential
  • Ability to design, modify and implement lesson plans
  • Computer knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft suite
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Results-oriented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of issues facing marginalized groups
  • Sensitive to the issue of abused women and children; differences of race, class, culture, sexual orientation, age and ability
  • Boundaries are important as they help make sure the relationship is a one way relationship. Must be aware that the volunteer ESL role exists to support the needs of the client – not establish a friendship


  • This position is suitable for persons who have flexibility for one or two evenings  per week


  • Make a difference in the lives of the women and children who use Interval Houses’ services
  • Become a valued member of a diverse and committed volunteer team
  • Gain practical work experience
  • Be recognized at events
  • Advocate on behalf of women and children and speak out against abuse

Other Information

  • Police reference checks will be conducted prior to successful applicants commencing volunteer position

To apply for the position please email your resume and cover letter to jellis@intervalhouse.ca.

For information about student placements, please see our Student Placements page.