Seeking Facilitators: Spring 2020

Position type: Volunteer, 4 hours/week

Start and end date: January-April 2020

Deadline for application: December 15 (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 Victoria 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
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House


6-8 PM

Monday, Feb 3 - Monday, March 30

Gordon Neighbourhood House

(West End)


6:30-8:30 PM

Monday, Feb 3 - Monday, March 30

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House



6:30-8:30 PM

Tuesday, Feb 4 - Tuesday, March 31

Collingwood Neighbourhood House

(East Van)


6:45-8:45 PM

Wednesday Feb 5 - April 1

Ajyal Centre



3:30-5:30 PM

Sunday, Feb 9 - April 5
Victoria location – TBD



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 half-day facilitator training session before the program starts (probably on Sunday, January 12), and attending a program debrief after the program ends.
  • Facilitating an Open House two weeks in advance of the first session, to meet interested potential participants.
  • 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
  • Familiarity 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.