The Next Generation
Refugee and immigrant kids face the unique challenges of adjusting to a new school system and educational expectations, while also trying to reestablish a sense of community and rootedness in a new culture. World Relief Seattle actively prepares refugee and immigrant children for a successful school experience and long-term cognitive and socio-emotional development by working with them and their families.
Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds
Must be willing to work with English language learners
Previous experience working with refugee/immigrant and/or low-income communities preferred
Some experience teaching/tutoring and/or working with youth preferred
Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
Ability to work independently
Flexible, outgoing, and reliable
Must attend World Relief volunteer training
Consistently log volunteer hours
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.
Refugee Youth Summer Academy
July 6 - August 7, 2020
World Relief Seattle’s goal for the summer program is to create a supportive community for refugee children and youth who share the experience of moving to a new country and the challenges of adjusting to a new school, language, and culture. The summer program will focus on helping the refugee youth improve their language, literacy, and social skills through interesting, educational and hands-on sessions. This program is for newly arrived refugee children ages K-8th grade.
Volunteers will assist World Relief staff in leading classroom activities in small groups, coordinating materials and set up, leading groups during field trips, and practicing English with the students. The summer camp is a great opportunity to be a mentor for refugee youth and participate in fun and engaging activities during the summer.
Volunteer Time Commitment: 1-5 days/week for camp duration
- Dates: July 6- August 7
- Time: 9:00am-2pm, M-F
- Place: Mill Creek Middle School, Kent, WA
- Grades: K-8
- Cost: Free!
Refugee and immigrant parents can register their children for summer camp here.
Refugee youth soccer Camp
August 10-14, 2020
World Relief Seattle is partnering with Soccer Without Borders to host our third Refugee and Immigrant Youth Soccer Camp. The program’s goal is to use soccer as a vehicle for youth empowerment, team building, ESL instruction, and encouraging healthy lifestyle practices among underserved children and youth in the Kent area. Volunteers work with newcomer immigrant and refugee youth in 1st-12th grades and serve as assistant soccer coaches, lead small group activities, and assist with general camp coordination (check-in, lunch, check-out, equipment disbursement). Most importantly, volunteers will serve as positive role models for our youth!
Where: Kent, WA
Time Commitment: 5 days during camp
Soccer experience preferred but not required.
- Dates: August 10-14
- Time: 8:30am-2:00pm, M-F
- Place: Kent Phoenix Academy, Kent, WA
- Grades: K-12
- Cost: Free!
The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Be sure the check the Soccer Camp box when marking the programs in which you would like to volunteer. Please email Angela Luchko at ALuchko@wr.org with volunteer questions.
Refugee and immigrant parents can register their children for soccer camp here.
Family Literacy Class
The Family Literacy class is a space for refugee parents and children ages 0-5 to come and engage in separate English lessons through age-appropriate learning activities, and also come together to practice songs, games, and activities related the lesson that parents can repeat with their children at home to promote learning for both parents and children. This class is a place to share parenting strategies, information, skills, and support that can help refugee kids and families thrive.
Volunteers assist World Relief staff in setting up the space, leading activities for the children, and assisting in the group activities with parents.
Where: Hillside Church in Kent, WA
When: Monday – Thursday, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Time Commitment: One day per week for four months
Low-English parents of young children can register here.