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Student Lunch Support Specialist

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Help support students from around the world by making sure they are connected to the resources they need during their school lunch breaks. Seattle World School is a culturally and linguistically diverse secondary school designed to serve recently arrived immigrant and refugee students.

Position Description

We are seeking volunteers to assist Seattle World School students and teachers during lunch time. Lunch support specialists will:

· Be a kind, approachable presence for students to seek help or support

· Connect students with social services and other resources in the school building

· Ensure students follow COVID safety policies such as social distancing

· Help teach students to recycle and compost

· Lead physically-distanced games and sports outside or in the gym (optional according to volunteer's preference)

· Establish and maintain effective, positive working relationships with students, staff, and other volunteers

· Provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students by exhibiting a genuine, caring attitude

Location & Schedule

· Seattle World School (1700 E Union St, Seattle, 98122)

· Weekdays (Monday through Friday); day(s) flexible according to volunteer’s preferred schedule

· 11:00am to 12:30pm

Required Skills/Knowledge

· Commitment to cultural respect and equity

· Flexibility and openness to a variety of tasks

In addition to the skills above, the following skills are preferred but not required:

· Proficiency in English and at least one of the most commonly spoken languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Maya-Quiche, Tigrinya)

· Strong communication skills

· Special interest in racial equity and educational justice


· Meet and develop relationships with students, staff, and volunteers from around the world

· Professional development opportunities and other trainings offered throughout the year

· Verification of hours and references/letters of recommendation as desired


Lunch support specialists will report to Seattle World School Instructional Assistants as well as Dakota Spear, the Volunteer Coordinator (

Onboarding Requirements

· Volunteer Application

· WA State Background Check (no cost, free for volunteer)

· Proof of COVID vaccination

· 10-minute interview

· 30-minute Volunteer Orientation


If interested, please contact Dakota Spear at

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About Kandelia


3829B S. Edmunds St. Box 9, Seattle, WA 98118, Seattle, WA 98118, US

Mission Statement

Kandelia removes barriers to opportunities so immigrant and refugee communities can flourish without compromising values, heritage or ethnicity. Kandelia operates many programs in support of students at Seattle world School. The Seattle World School community is committed to mentoring students in navigating academic and career goals with holistic services. Our mission is to provide rigorous academics supported by social-emotional development opportunities and life skills. Our focus is to empower students as self and global advocates in our rapidly changing world.


Recently-arrived refugee and immigrant students experience tremendous barriers to success and self-sufficiency, including language and cultural barriers, poverty, interrupted formal education, discrimination and racism, trauma (i.e. fleeing wars, family separation, death of family members, etc.), and other challenges. They, and their parents, are often unfamiliar with English and the American education system, which makes it difficult to succeed in school. As a result of these barriers, close to 24% of Limited English students in the Class of 2014 dropped out of school in Washington, compared to 12% of non-ELL students statewide (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction; OSPI). The graduation rate for ELL students is 54% (a decrease from 60% in 2012), compared to 77% statewide for non-ELL students.

Within Seattle, the Seattle World School (SWS) is a culturally diverse and culturally responsive, option-school for refugee/immigrant youth, all of whom are Limited English students. The school has two programs: one newcomer service school for new immigrants and an international high school with a specialization in English language learner instruction. In 2014, less than 5% of tenth graders attending the SWS met reading standards and approximately 16% met standards in writing (as measured by the in the High School Proficiency Exam; HSPE), far less than the District and State averages.

Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees


We'll work with your schedule.


1700 E Union StSeattle, WA 98122



  • Mentoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Sports Coaching
  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication




  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1.5 hours, one or more days per week
  • COVID-19 vaccination required

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