Looking for a way to get involved in the international community at the University of Toronto? CIE's Volunteer Program gives you the chance to help us provide the best services, support and social opportunities for international students during their stay in Canada. Both Canadian and international students are welcome to join.

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Opportunities There are various ways to volunteer your time
Benefits Why you should volunteer
Required skills What we're looking for in volunteers
Testimonials What students have to say about volunteering at the CIE


CIE hosts several events and programs for international and exchange students beginning in late August with Grad Step Up and Inbound Exchange Orientation, continuing through orientation with our Services Expo and Welcome Reception and running through the academic year. Become a Grad Step Up Volunteer and/or a CIE Volunteer and help support incoming international and exchange students as they transition into life at U of T!


Grad Step Up Volunteer

Grad Step Up Orientation for new international graduate students: 

  • Event date: Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Roles include: staffing the registration table, facilitating breakout discussion groups and being a resource for new students. Volunteers may help for the full day or half day.
  • Volunteers should be graduate students and preference will be given to international graduate students.

Find additional event and registration details on the Grad Step Up Orientation.

To apply, please go to the Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network and find the position under the Volunteer Job Board by searching for the job ID #148892.


CIE Volunteer

CIE is looking for welcoming and enthusiastic students to become CIE Volunteers! CIE Volunteers will play an active role in CIE’s annual orientation programming which provides welcome and transition support activities for new international and exchange students. After orientation programming ends, CIE Volunteers will continue to assist with various events and programming that occur during the Fall term.

Events include:

  • Inbound Exchange Orientations (Dates TBA)
  • Services Expo (August 31)
  • Welcome Reception (September 13)
  • Learning Abroad Fair (October 29)
  • and more!

As a CIE Volunteer, you will take on a variety of roles including, but not limited to, leading campus and neighbourhood tours, greeting new students and helping them connect with support services at U of T and in the city, assisting staff in the set up and clean up of event spaces, and helping with event registration.

To apply, please go to the Career & Co-Curricular Learning Network and find the position under the Volunteer Job Board by searching for the job ID #147693.


Other volunteer opportunities

The CIE values the contributions student volunteers bring to each program and recognizes that volunteering benefits both the program participants and the student volunteers themselves. To learn more about other volunteer opportunities at the CIE, including how to apply, please click on the program’s individual link below:


  • Apply your CIE volunteer work to your Co-Curricular Record (after minimum hour requirements are met)
  • Gain new skills and competencies, with hands-on opportunities to practice them
  • Build on existing interpersonal and communications skills by using them in new ways
  • Connect with other volunteers and expand your network
  • Discover renewed confidence in your abilities to help others effectively
  • Enrich your student experience with meaningful, positive engagement that feels good

Required skills

  • Strong interpersonal, listening and communication skills
  • Ability to confidently represent the University of Toronto and the Centre for International Experience
  • Patience and understanding, particularly when working with new, multilingual students who may not be familiar with some Canadian customs or may not be comfortable speaking English
  • Intercultural communication skills and interest in/commitment to intercultural experiences and learning
  • Willingness to learn and expand your knowledge about services and resources for international and exchange students
  • Ability to address student questions and concerns in a timely manner and determine when to make referrals to CIE staff


“Volunteering at the CIE provides a nice platform to interact with people from diverse cultures and nationalities. This feeling of internationalism, together with an opportunity to welcome newcomers gives me a sense of satisfaction and joy.”

“It gives me an opportunity to socialize.”

“I like feeling that I’m contributing to a community.”


“I can connect with people from diverse background and I can help them more easily settle down with U of T.”

“I always have a lot of fun interacting with staff, other volunteers and visitors to the CIE!”

“It’s a break from studies – learning something new, meeting people, and having fun.”