Student volunteersThere are many ways for students to get involved in the Renison community to develop their language and leadership skills. We are pleased to provide opportunities for both students studying in our language programs, as well as University of Waterloo students interested in developing their intercultural skills. 

Volunteer Opportunities for ELI Students

Do you study in our English language programs? These opportunities are for you!  Build Canadian volunteer experience for your resume and improve your language skills at the same time.  

Volunteer Opportunities for Waterloo Students

Our volunteer opportunities are a great way to build your peer mentorship skills while helping our students develop their language skills and meet other students studying at the University of Waterloo. You can choose to attend our events, help with our student volunteer committees,  attend classes alongside our students, or meet one-on-one with our students to help them practice their skills. We have many different opportunities available throughout the year. 

Paid Leadership Opportunities for Waterloo Students

Our paid leadership opportunities are perfect for students international or cross-cultural experience, and/or additional language competencies. This position is ideal for students with a strong knowledge of campus services and resources, student leadership experience, and a good understanding of the international student experience.

Our Peer Leaders must exhibit strong mentorship skills and facilitation experience. They must have a desire and passion for helping international students and English Language Learners, and must have working knowledge of the needs of these students. They must be positive role models both personally and academically, and exhibit awareness and knowledge of strategies for academic and personal success. They must be in good academic standing.

Ceci

"When I studied in the BASE program, I volunteered as a BASE Rep. Volunteering in BASE helped me to gain confidence in my English speaking skills and to know the resources available for students on campus. After I graduated BASE, I became an English For Success (EFS) Peer Leader. This student leadership opportunity introduced me to new ways to develop interpersonal and teamwork skills, as well as cross-cultural experience."

- Ceci Tacuri Siguenza
Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) Graduate & Global Business and Digital Arts Alumna


Brad

"When I studied in the BASE program, I volunteered as a BASE Rep and BASE Rep Peer Helper. Volunteering in BASE helped me to improve my communication, teamwork and leadership skills. After I graduated BASE, I became a different person equipped with new cultural experiences. This student leadership opportunity introduced me to becoming a Peer Leader in BASE, EFAS, and BLLP. I am really thankful for what BASE and Renison have brought to me."

Brad Nguyen
Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) Graduate & Physics Student


Allison

"When I studied in the Social Development Studies (SDS) program, I volunteered as the President of SDS Society with the Renison Academic Student Council (RASC). Volunteering in Renison helped me build my leadership skills and connect with the Renison community. In my second year, I became an English For Academic Success (EFAS) Peer Leader. I wanted to be a peer leader because I wanted to connect with students cross-culturally and help them with their transition to life in Canada. This student leadership opportunity introduced me to new ways to develop my communication and teamwork skills."

- Allison Marlowe
Social Development Studies Alumna


Felipe"When I studied in the BASE program, I volunteered as an iBASE Rep Peer Helper. Volunteering in BASE helped me gain one-on-one and group English speaking experience and exposed me to a diverse cultural environment. After I graduated from BASE, I became an English Language Institute (ELI) Peer Leader for iEFAS students. This student leadership opportunity introduced me to strategies that improved my relational and functional communication skills."

- Felipe Tello Yepes
Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) Graduate & Life Sciences Student


Andrea"While I completed my degree in Social Development Studies, I had the great opportunity to be an English Language Institute peer leader with the short-term language programs. Over my four terms with the ELI, I had so many great opportunities to work with students from around the world and learn about so many different cultures. I chose to get involved with the ELI to diversify my work experience and ended up learning about so many new pathways along the way. The terms I spent with the ELI helped me to create some of my most meaningful memories from my undergrad experience."

- Andrea Woodland
Social Development Studies Alumna