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IHC volunteer opportunities

Volunteering with the IHC is a great way to get involved in the local community and support the international students, scholars, and their families.

English Classes

The teacher’s main function is to facilitate the conversation, think of topics, and help students with pronunciation and new vocabulary. They also can point out and correct common grammar mistakes. In practice, the function is less “teaching” in a formal sense, and more ensuring that class runs smoothly.

If you or someone you know has studied or taught English before, this is a great volunteer opportunity and way to get involved in the local community. The people who come to the IHC classes are very enthusiastic and motivated about practicing English, making these classes are a lot of fun to lead.

If you are interested in this great volunteer opportunity, please fill out the IHC English Conversation Classes - Teachers or contact Vivienne Mackie (

Friendship Groups

Participants also have the opportunity of becoming leaders of a Friendship Group. Leaders are responsible for communication to participants about upcoming meetings. They also elicit ideas from them to help set the agenda for the meetings.

If interested, please fill out the IHC Friendship Groups - Volunteers or contact Christina Myers (

International Friends Program

If you are interested in being an IHC international student/scholar host please fill out the IHC International Friends Program - Hosts form or contact Nancy McGlathery (

If you would like to help IHC with the matching of international students, scholars, and their families with local individuals or families, please contact Nancy McGlathery ( Nancy McGlathery (

Lending Storeroom

Volunteers are needed to staff the storeroom on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The responsibilities of the volunteer includes: welcoming guests, helping them find items, and asking them to fill out a form describing what they are borrowing. Sometimes it becomes an informal English lesson, as residents ask what the names are for certain items. A handout with pictures and the names of kitchen utensils is available, as well as information about garage sales and places to buy second-hand items. Volunteering is a great way to help newcomers as well as meet people from all over the world!

If you would like to consider volunteering one Saturday a month (or every 2 months), please contact the Lending Storeroom coordinator, Keach Sasamori (

Donate Items

We are always happy to accept donated kitchen items such as rice cookers, toasters, irons, pots, pans, fans, lamps, etc.