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Ads Up Canada Refugee Network actively recruits volunteers to form new settlement teams to sponsor refugees during their first year of arrival. We work through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program (PSRP), which is a unique Canadian program that allows individuals to sponsor refugees to come to Canada. Settlement team members are official private sponsors of refugee applications and they assist with welcoming the refugees when they arrive in Canada and assist them in settling down and finding the services they need and start their new lives. Private sponsors who engage with Ads Up Canada do not have any financial commitment toward the applicants nor are they obligated to raise funds in any form.
The funds to support refugees’ resettlement have already been raised through significant fundraising in Australia, Canada and the USA over the past year. Volunteers are not obligated to raise any funds for the applicants they sponsor.
For each application, we require a team of 5 volunteers to support the settlement of the applicant upon arrival. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups, families and community groups.
Our mission is to inform, connect and empower Canadians and Australian expats to welcome refugees who were detained on Manus and Nauru to Canada through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees (PSR) program. Our vision is to provide hope, an alternative pathway and durable solution for those detained through Australian offshore processing. Our values are Anti-Oppression, Responsibility, Collaboration and solidarity, Accountability.
Ads Up Canada works with volunteers in provinces across Canada, including ON, BC, AB, SK and MB, who work together in groups, or settlement teams. Settlement teams have similar responsibilities to private sponsors in the PSR program. Settlement team members act as the applicant’s “sponsors” and are responsible to provide settlement support for refugees during the first year upon arrival.
This is a long term volunteer opportunity. Settlement teams commit to assisting refugees for one year upon arrival, as required by the PSRP.
Desired skills include positive attitude, willing to help, patient and open to cultural exchange and different perspectives. English teaching experience (ESL/TEFL) and/or experience in social work or mental health are excellent advantages.
Duties and responsibilities:
• Welcome the newcomers at the airport.
• Help them to find suitable housing within the budget they have.
• Help to find furniture and household supplies for their new home.
• Provide them with an orientation to day-to-day life in your city (banking, transportation, etc.).
• Help them to enroll in health coverage (doctor, dentist, vision).
• Help them to enroll in language training or school.
• Help with the search for employment.