Volunteer Position Details

Position:Northwest Territories First Nations Education Projects Volunteer
Description: Frontiers Foundation is a federally chartered non-profit charitable organization that has been chartered since 1968. Our programme brings volunteers from all parts of Canada, and from many countries throughout the world, to work in First Nations communities in the north of Canada. Most of our projects involves our volunteers working in community schools as tutors and teaching assistants. The volunteers often work with special needs students, students that need extra attention to improve their grades and remain in school, and help in specialized areas such as computer instruction and physical education. We often work in very small schools teaching a number of grades and our volunteers try to assist in any way possible.

The communities in which we work suffer from very severe social problems with the worst of these being alcoholism and drug abuse. These are extremely challenging places to work and anyone interested in volunteering with Frontiers Foundation should be prepared to deal with these problems on a daily basis.

If you were to apply and be accepted to join our programme all of your travel to and from the project would be covered. Our volunteers from outside of Canada have to pay for their travel to and from Canada. You would also have your food and living expenses covered while on the project and receive winter clothing and a stipend of $50 a week for pocket money. While this is a volunteer position it would not cost you anything to participate.
Activity Type: Teaching/Tutoring/Assistance : Teaching/Tutoring/Classroom Assistance
Group Served: Aboriginal people
Benefits: Some meals or light refreshment provided;
Other Benefits: The benefits that the right people can receive from this unique opportunity are enormous. This is an amazing opportunity to live and work in an isolated, First Nations community in the north of Canada. Besides working with young people in the schools our volunteers have the opportunity to see and do some amazing things. You would experience temperatures of minus forty and colder, see the Northern Lights on a regular basis, go out on the land with the community people, learn about life in a northern First Nations community including both the good and bad, and make some of the strongest friendships of your life. For the right people this will be one of the most memorable and life changing experiences of their lives.
Training:People applying from the Toronto area would be asked to visit our Head Office in Toronto for an orientation. We also send out a series of emails to help prepare the new volunteers for their upcoming project and have the volunteers from this past year contact the new volunteers and pass on the benefit of their experiences. Much of the training is done in the schools by the staff there after the arrival of the volunteers.
Address: 9781-127th Street, Surrey, B. C, V3V 5J1
Position Site: Activity to be done on site;
Nearest Intersection:northwest territories
Start Date: Saturday, September 08, 2012
End Date: Ongoing
Duration: Position is long term. (more than 3 months);
Days of the week: Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday; Thursday; Friday;
Time of day: Morning; Afternoon;
Minimum Hours: 40 hours per week
Time Details:School hours
Time of year: School Year;
# Needed:6
Minimum Age:20
Skills Required: We look more for character of the individual as opposed to academic credentials. Some university training is good to have but not essential. Past volunteer work and work with young people is also an asset. More than anything we look for outgoing, motivated, people with a strong and genuine desire to learn about another culture and way of life. We are looking for people that want to get involved in community life and meet new people and experience new things. We want people who will participate in every aspect of community life and be there when some community activity is taking place. When nothing is going on in the community it is our hope that the volunteers will make things happen and start their own community activities. We need people who are willing to accept that there will be enormous problems and challenges that come about as a result of the social and family problems within the community and they are willing and able to deal with these obstacles and make the project a success. We are looking for people with strong character.
Required Languages
Asset Language:English
Languages:(none specified)
Task Requirements: Verbal communication; Reading and writing; Math or computer; Valid drivers license; Police records check
Suitable for:
Organization:Frontiers Foundation
Contact Name: Don Irving
Contact Title:Western Coordinator
Phone Number: 6045856646
Fax Number: 
Contact Email: frontwest@shaw.ca
Secondary Email: