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Volunteers are critical to daily life at Interval House and take on a broad range of activities.
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.
To assist women, for whom English is a second language, with developing and increasing their English listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiencies.
To apply for the position please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about student placements, please see our Student Placements page.
KAVITA, NATURE WALKS VOLUNTEER
|What motivates you to be a volunteer?
I wanted to personally connect with survivors of violence and I thought this would be a great way to do it. My motivation is their stress. Women at the shelter have a lot of things to sort out and their levels of stress are high. My only hope is to provide them an opportunity to connect with nature and have a moment of peace. Nature is my solace and I want to share with them its healing powers.
How has your volunteer position at Interval House helped you in your own professional and/or personal growth?
I’ve learned a lot from the women at the shelter. Despite their circumstances they are open and willing to connect. They’ve helped me gain a better understanding of the unique challenges women who in their situation face and I’m very grateful to them.
What does Interval House mean to you?
It’s a house of opportunity. No system is perfect and Interval House functions within the constraints of our established shelter system that could be improved to better serve women and their children. But among the chaos and stress, there is a lot of love and hope that exists at the shelter. The physical space and caring staff are invaluable to the women who stay there and to our community.
What message do you have for the women and children at Interval House?
I thank you for your courage and determination to raise your children in an environment that is free of violence and filled with love instead. For embracing the idea of connecting with nature, for opening up to me, for welcoming me and for fleeing violence; thank you. You have the right to a safe and joyous life. By standing up for yourself and your children, you have taken an important step in the eradication of violence. You inspire me.