Seeking Facilitators: Fall 2018

Position type: Volunteer, 4 hours/week
Start and end date: September-December 2018
Deadline for application: August 27, 2018 (apply as soon as possible, because we hire continuously until positions are filled)
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Language Partners BC is a volunteer-run organization supporting free one-to-one, face-to-face language exchange programs in Vancouver and training community members to be facilitators. We bring together adults from different language backgrounds and provide infrastructure for them to learn languages together and build relationships. Many of the participants are new immigrants or refugees, and our programs are focused on supporting these newcomers in conversation and settlement.

We value diversity, equality, peace, camaraderie, fun, and open-mindedness. We are also serious about assessing our work, refining our programs, and growing to support more people. The long-term goal is to support dozens of diverse language exchange programs across the province.

Our programs have a maximum of 12 participants, to support community building.

We are currently looking for facilitators for the following 9-week programs:


Day & time

Start - End dates

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (Sunrise-Hastings)

Thursdays 6:30-8:30 PM

Oct 4 - Nov 29

Oakridge Vancouver Public Library (South Van)

Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM

Oct 1 - Nov 26

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Saturdays 10 AM-12 PM

Oct 3 - Dec 1

Gordon Neighbourhood House (West End)

Wednesdays 6:15-8:15 PM

Oct 3 - Nov 28

Ajyal Centre (Chinatown)

Sundays 2:30-4:30 PM

Oct 7 - Dec 2

Capilano Library Branch (North Van)

Saturdays 11 AM-1 PM

Oct 3 - Dec 1

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Attending all 9 weekly sessions.
  • Coordinating with your co-facilitator to make sure you are ready for each session.
  • Supporting pair-based language learning by introducing topics and techniques, and helping pairs reflect on their learning process (you will receive training on this).
  • Supporting community-building by being friendly, leading group conversations, and modeling how to share information and social resources.
  • Gathering and sharing stories from your program sessions to share out on our Facebook page.
  • Attending a facilitator training session before the program starts (probably on Sunday, Sept 23), and attending a program debrief after the program ends.
  • Optional: Participating as a language exchange partner yourself during the program.

Desired Qualifications (But apply no matter what!):

  •   Experience facilitating language exchange and/or participating in language exchange
  •   Experience working with groups
  •   Passion for community building
  •   Technical proficiency with Google Docs
  •   Accountability: Will you show up on time? Will you respond to communication in reasonable time?
  •   Strong verbal and written communication skills
  •   Genuine curiosity and enjoyment of people

If you’re interested in this position, please send an email to Mary Leighton at

  • In the email subject line, please write: Facilitator
  • In the email, please write:
    • Why you are interested
    • Any related experience you have
    • Which program(s) you want to facilitate

We will contact people as soon as they apply, because we are eager to fill these positions. If you cannot facilitate this season, we will keep you in mind for future programs.