Winter Break 2017 Volunteer Opportunities – Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium is offering the following work experience opportunities during the Winter Break:

  • AquaCamps Educator
  • Gallery Interpreter – positions will start during the weekends in December
  • Winter Gallery Assistants – positions will start during the weekends in December

For complete description of duties, click on the link Youth Work Experience – Winter Break 2017 Opportunities.

To apply, please send an email to with the subject “Winter Break 2017 Application” and include the following details in the body of the email:

  • First & Last name
  • Grade
  • School
  • A paragraph of interest (4-5 sentences) about why you are interested in the position.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, November 5, 2017. All interested students must attend the group interview on Sunday, November 12, 2017.  Times will be confirmed with students by November 9, 2017.  If selected you must attend both mandatory training days – Core Training and Specific Training.

If you have any questions, contact Zoë Jackson, Coordinator, Volunteer Services & Youth Programs at or call 604-659-3478 or see your Work Experience Teacher.

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for these positions.



The KidSafe Project Society

KidSafe is once again looking for student volunteers to help out during the Winter Break from December 27, 2017 to January 5, 2018 (excludes weekends & January 1st).  This successful program was founded in 1983 by the Vancouver Sun newspaper, concerned citizens, and Vancouver School Board teachers and principals.  KidSafe provides a nurturing safe haven for inner-city children when schools are traditionally closed.  Each weekday during Winter, Spring and Summer Breaks, KidSafe keeps school doors open at six elementary schools to provide, fun and learning opportunities to 340 children and youth.

The volunteer process includes the following:

  1. An application form (with cover letter and resume)
  2. An intake interview
  3. An orientation (as going to Queen Alexandra can be a challenge for some students, KidSafe will be happy to run group interviews with students at their school, provided that there are a minimum of 5 students for the interview)
  4. A completed Criminal Record Check.  All students must complete and receive their Criminal Record Check clearance before the start of their placement.
  5. Application deadline is Friday, October 27, 2017.

For full description of duties and instructions to apply, click on the following links:

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Waldie, Coordinator of Programming and Community Engagement at or call 604-441-7394 or see your Work Experience Teacher.

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for this program.


Disney on Ice Volunteers – Sales & Event Assistant

TG Industries has the following opportunities for volunteers to help out at the Disney on Ice “Follow your Heart” from November 22 to 26, 2017 at Pacific Coliseum.

Duties and description for Sales & Event Assistant includes:

  • Pre-show:  Preparation tasks such as insert batteries in toys, make ice for snow cones, make lemonade, and other general set up duties as directed by Managers and Table Lead.
  • Selling period: Follow the instruction and direction of Table Lead for sales and customer services.
  • Post show: Help clean up and re-stock inventory for next shows.

You must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours.  Training will be provided on the job at site and meal will be provided for each shift.

For complete description of duties and instruction to apply, click on the links:

Send completed application form with resume and selfie to or fax 604-872-6601.  Deadline to apply is Friday, October 20, 2017.

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for this event.


BCIT Biotechnology Career Awareness Workshop

BCIT is offering once again to students the opportunity to participate in the Biotechnology Career Awareness Program.  This program is in it’s fifteenth year and is directed at Grade 10, 11 and 12 students with an interest in science.  It is built on a partnership between BCIT, Life Sciences BC, local biotechnology companies and participating school districts.

The program consists of a series of elements:

  • A student application and selection process
  • Laboratory workshops at BCIT
  • Industry visits.

There will be 24 openings for the workshops and industry visits.  The program assigns a student quota to each district and every effort will be made to accommodate interested students if district quotas are not filled.

For information on program schedule and instructions to apply, click on the link 2017 Career Awareness pkg SEP 20.  If you have any questions, contact Leesa Watt, BCIT Program Assistant at 604-432-8831 or email

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for this program.

Year of the Dog 2018 Celebration at International Village Mall

Student volunteer opportunities are available for the Chinese New Year Celebrating Year of the Dog at the International Village from Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18, 2018.  It is expected that there will be over 102,000 visitors who will be attending this event, the program includes lots of festivities, traditional arts and cultural exhibitions, booths and entertainment.  For description of duties and instructions to apply, click on the link 2018_CNY_-Volunteer-Application-Form.  There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for volunteers on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10 am, at the Leasing Office, Unit 2127 of the International Village Mall.  This is a very popular event with a limited number of positions and will fill up quickly.  Student volunteers will be provided with a meal coupon on event days and a certificate of recognition with service hours.  Deadline for application is Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by fax (604-646-1089) or email to

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Perisa Chan, Volunteer Coordinator, Leasing and Promotion at or call 604-646-1081.

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for this event.

CIBC Run for the Cure 2017 – Volunteer Opportunities

The Canadian Cancer Society has a number of volunteer positions available to students prior to Run Day (Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 30) and on Run Day (Sunday, October 1).  This is a great opportunity to earn volunteer hours, meet new people and be inspired by cancer survivors.

Students can sign up at:  Select your community from the All Events drop down box on the left.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Wong, Volunteer Engagement Lead at or visit

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for this event.  On February 1st the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society merged their operations.

Vancouver Opera – Work Experience Opportunity

The Vancouver Opera is looking for 5 work experience students to help out with their season’s production.  The first production of the season, Puccini’s Turandot opens on October 13, 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  This is an amazing opportunity opened to Grade 11 and 12 students interested in any aspect of theatre or music and to see a work class production from behind the scenes.  This program is designed for students considering a professional or amateur career in the arts.  Participants will watch rehearsals, interview cast and production staff, and have full backstage access to the opera of their choice – Turandot, L’Elisir d’ amore, or Eugene Onegin.

If you have any students interested, please have them complete the attached student application form Student Application form 2017-2018 and email completed forms to or by fax at 604-682-3981.  Vancouver Opera will do the selection process quickly, more of a first come, first served approach for this production.  The work experience opportunity will begin Monday, September 25, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Maybin, Director of Education and Community Engagement at or 604-331-4960.

For additional information, please visit:

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for this event.


Branch Out Sideshow Fundraiser

Attempting to break a Guinness World Record—for brain health!

Branch Out Neurological Foundation is looking for 30 volunteers to help at their first annual fundraising event.  This is a full 8 hour day to help with setup (9 am to 11 am), event (11 am to 3 pm) and teardown (3 pm to 5 pm) on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Vancouver Technical Secondary School.

Join us on September 23rd from 12-3pm in Vancouver, B.C at Vancouver Technical Secondary School for the first annual ‘Branch Out Sideshow Fundraiser’ as a supporting event for Branch Out Neurological Foundation. As a fundraiser initiative, Vincenzo Vipond will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for distance travelled simultaneously juggling three objects and unicycling.

Branch Out Neurological Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds tech solutions and non-pharmaceutical approaches to over 600 brain disorders.

In addition to attempting a world record, there will be experts presenting on their neurological knowledge combined with the entertaining acts of circus performers and door prizes!

This is a FREE / ALL AGES event.

Volunteering and Beyond 2017 Fair

The Youth Transforming Society (YTS) is hosting their annual event, “Volunteering and Beyond”.  This is a great opportunity for students as it will provide them with the chance to get involved with an organization (or many) that aligns with their values and goals.

Last year, over 60 organizations and 400 students came out to this community involvement and awareness night.  This year, there will be over 55 organizations in attendance to interact with local youth and students about potential volunteer opportunities.  Several community organizations such as City of Surrey, Canadian Cancer Society, YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and more will be attending.

This event will be taking place at North Surrey Secondary School, 15945 96 Avenue, Surrey, BC on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  This is a FREE event open to all high school and university students.

About the organization:  Youth Transforming Society (YTS) is a registered, student-led group based out of Surrey, BC that aims to raise awareness for humanitarian issues and encourage community volunteerism.  Founded in 2010, they have raised over $20,000 for various organizations and have helped hundreds of students get involved.  To learn more about YTS or the event that will be taking place, visit their website at

Creatures of the Night Volunteers

Are you interested in local ecology and nocturnal animals?  Help the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES) create an entertaining and educational nature program at the Halloween Ghost Train!  SPES is a community-based, not for profit organization dedicated to encouraging stewardship of our natural world through environmental education and action.

Creatures of the Night is a long running, highly successful program that partners with the Stanley Park Ghost train.  They create an entertaining and educational nature program.  All activities will take place in Stanley Park in partnership with the Halloween Ghost Train.  Volunteers will educate visitors about nocturnal wildlife using different animal props, including pelts and skulls.

Positions available include:

  • Information Station Attendants – Educate visitors about nocturnal animals and light pollution using animal props and interactive displays
  • Animal Actors – Interact, in character and costume with children and families while sharing fun facts about nocturnal animals.

For complete description of duties and available shift dates, please click on the link Creatures of the Night Info sheet.

If you have any questions or interested in applying, please email your resume to Alyx Couilter at  Deadline to apply is Thursday, October 12, 2017. 

Note:  District Office is not involved in the selection process for these positions.