Purpose:  World Relief matches volunteers with specific, newly-arrived refugees and asylees in order to aid them in their adjustment to life in the US.

Responsibilities:

  • Visit 3-4 times per month (minimum 6 month commitment)
  • Build friendship through visits with refugees and asylees in their home
  • Practice English conversation
  • Learn about another's culture, values, and experience
  • Explore the local community together
  • Share practical advice and help familiarize refugees and asylees with American culture and customs
  • Communicate consistently with the Cultural Companion Coordinator 
  • Track your volunteer hours

Requirements:

  • Sensitivity and openness to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds
  • High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation prior to starting
  • Record and report volunteer hours, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation
  • Pass Federal Background Check and driving record check (if applicable)
  • Clear time and space in your schedule to meet weekly with a companion

Interested in becoming a cultural companion? The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. We will review the application and then send you an access code to RSVP to a volunteer training.

All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training, complete an application, and undergo a background checks before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles.