Cultural Orientation Instructional Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


6300 Westpark Dr.Suite 600Houston, TX 77057
The Y


YMCA International Services is a unique center of the YMCA of Greater Houston that delivers client-centered programs to refugees, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations to advance their economic independence, social integration, and civic participation. The Y helps newcomers restore hope, build stability, create opportunity and change futures. YMCA International Services is continuously recognized as a leader in the Houston immigrant community.

YMCA International Services is looking for volunteers to lead our cultural orientation classes as instructors. These volunteers will work with teaching staff to facilitate classroom activities and participation in modules designed to facilitate cultural adjustment and job readiness. An instructor will work with clients to help them understand complex cultural orientation topics such as budgeting, emergency services, health, nutrition, transportation, and more. Volunteers will lead Cultural Orientation Modules in the language of the clientele. Time and dates of volunteer activity dependent upon need. Training will be provided by YMCA for each volunteer. Volunteers will work directly with International Welcome Program staff member to administer trainings and work with clients.

  • A strong desire to assist in the educational achievement of refugees and immigrants in the Houston Area
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Patience, understanding, flexibility, and a positive attitude
  • Ability to serve for 10 hours per month for 6 - 12 months; flexible
  • Fluency in English and a second language (Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Swahili, Amharic, Burmese)
  • Additional Expertise: Human Resources, Hiring, Finance, Communication, & Basic Job Skills
  • Complete required training and YMCA Background check
  • Leads module based Cultural Orientation Seminars
  • Be consistent in attendance
  • Be punctual (5-10 minutes early)
  • Notify teacher if you will be unable to attend scheduled classes
  • Provide regular feedback to teacher regarding student progress
  • Record hours
  • Communicate any personal needs or concerns to YMCA staff in a timely and appropriate fashion
Great opportunity for teachers that want to gain experience in teaching across cultures


  • Arabic
  • Adult Education
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Spanish
  • Interpreter

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 10 hours per month for 6 – 12 months; flexible

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