Volunteer Opportunities for the 2014-15 School Year

Volunteer Opportunities for the 2014-15 School Year

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) has developed an educational programme titled What Kind of World…? (WKOW) that teaches youth in elementary and junior high schools about the United Nations system and international issues from a Canadian perspective. It draws links between local and global issues, and highlights the role of Canada in the UN.

The Edmonton Branch of UNA-Canada seeks to recruit Volunteer Facilitators to assist with the implementation of WKOW in Edmonton and surrounding areas for the 2014-15 school year.


The overall responsibilities of the WKOW Volunteer Facilitators are to:

  • Attend Volunteer Facilitator training meetings (once in the Fall and once in the Winter);
  • Work collaboratively with the WKOW Programme Coordinators to identify and contact either an elementary or junior high school to organize a classroom presentation;
  • Schedule a classroom visit with the school/teacher as your schedule permits;
  • Facilitate an interactive presentation on the UN and Canada’s role on the international stage.
  • Write a brief summary of the classroom visit experience for the WKOW Programme Coordinators.

Volunteer Facilitators will be given training resources and programme tools developed by UNA-Canada that are aligned with the Alberta Education Curriculum. Volunteer Facilitators should be prepared to commit 2-3 hours of work per presentation (preparation and delivery). To view more details about these resources, visit the WKOW webpage.


An ideal Volunteer Facilitator would:

  • Enjoy teaching children and leading them in group activities;
  • Work well independently, yet contribute as a team player;
  • Have an interest in the UN system, international issues in general and Canada’s role in the UN;
  • Possess a maturity level to work with teachers in their classroom;
  • Have demonstrated skills in organizing lessons and writing concise reports on lesson outcomes; and
  • Have excellent communication and time management skills.


This is not a paying position; however, Volunteer Facilitators will gain experiences in teaching and classroom management, facilitation and leadership.


To apply for as a Volunteer Facilitator, please send a copy of your resume and cover letter expressing your interest and two references (names and contact information only) to:

Jenn Rossiter and Punit Virk, 2014-15 WKOW Programme Coordinators
Email: [email protected]

WKOW has been developed and implemented by the United Nations Association in Canada with the generous assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency.

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