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Volunteer participating in a classroom lessonVolunteering creates opportunity for Canadians to participate in the communities. It is an enriching and rewarding experience for everyone involved. People from various backgrounds engage in volunteering for many reasons, but in general, the overarching rewards come down to their sense of satisfaction, accomplishment, and it is about making a difference in people’s lives.

Volunteer involvement is significant in ensuring effective delivery of PIRS programs and services. We offer the opportunity for Canadians and newcomers to work with immigrant and refugee women, and their children.

Volunteers will be given the opportunity to support the learning experience in many ways:

  • sharing their skills or special interests,
  • assisting students individually in the classroom,
  • supporting the work in the children’s room,
  • working collaboratively with program staff in exchanging ideas, thoughts, or observations.


In return, volunteers benefit from their assignment immensely through an increased understanding of working with newcomer/immigrant/refugee populations. This experience contributes to their knowledge and any skill sets that they wish to accomplish. While volunteering with PIRS is a life enriching experience for Canadians, our students receive a greater support in integrating themselves into Canadian society. 

 PIRS invites you to join our Volunteer Programs in various ways:

  • Individual Program Volunteer:
    • Language Learner’s Assistant
    • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Assistant
  • Individual Organizational Volunteer:
    • Special Project Assistant
    • Office Assistant
  • Group Volunteering:
    • Special Event Team
    • Board and Committees


PIRS recruits program volunteers during September to June. We match volunteers to our programs based on their skills and interests. Other volunteer opportunities will be based on the overall needs of our organization. Please click on current opportunities for available volunteer positions. 
Please click on volunteer application form to get started. You can submit this form to awilbur@pirs.bc.ca

PIRS celebrates the spirit of volunteerism in the community through participation in various fairs, events, classroom presentations ,both in PIRS classes and many other organizations. We regularly visit our classrooms to share the message of “Volunteering in Canada” which is a great motivation for our students to start participating in their communities. 

We are committed to provide the best possible opportunities for Canadians to engage in volunteerism. We support our work by engaging PIRS with volunteer centers in the Metro Vancouver area. Our work in volunteer management is inspired by leadership principles and guidelines sets out by Administrator of Volunteers BC (AVRBC), a prominent body in this sector.