Volunteer and Employment Opportunities



The UBC West African Vowel research group is currently working on Dàgáárè, a Gur, Niger-Congo language that is spoken in Ghana. This project is part of a bigger project on West African Vowel Systems. If you are interested in linguistic research, this is an opportunity for you. You can work with the group as a research volunteer. As part of your duties, you will be required to annotate some audio-visual files. To do this, you will be trained on how to use ELAN, a linguistic tool for annotation and data management. To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Douglas Pulleyblank atdouglas.pulleyblank@ubc.ca.


VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH:  Find out more about getting involved.


Looking to get involved this year? Considering a career working for non-profit organizations?

The combination of a weekly Trek placement with a non-profit organization or school, and our guided learning program can enable you to learn more about community issues, apply your academics in the real world, build lasting connections, and make a difference. There’s over 25 different placements to match your interests, schedule, and career goals!

  • The UBC Learning Exchange facilitates computer drop in programs, ESL conversation talking circles, and other programs. They’re committed to sharing skills and building community on the Downtown Eastside. Gain administration experience or become an ESL conversation faciltator!
  • The Writer’s Exchange works with inner-city kids ages 5 to 13 to build lifelong literacy skills through creative writing projects, tutoring and mentorships. Join their team as a fun and dynamic mentor!.

Learn about our other placements on our website.

Need more information?  Attend an Information Session




The Speech and Linguistics Association (SALSA) is looking to hire three individuals to fill the positions of summer Camp Instructor for our “Fun with English Language!” camp. The goal of this camp is to engage ESL children with English language-oriented activities in fun and interactive ways.

Camp Instructors will be required to fulfill a variety of different roles. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervising and ensuring the fun and safety of children, ranging from 5-10 years old
  • Delegating tasks and responsibilities to volunteers
  • Developing and implementing the camp curriculum
  • Designing weekly activity plans
  • Preparing camp materials

This is a great opportunity to gain leadership and program development skills while working with children and drawing on their passion for language!

The term of employment is full-time, Monday – Friday (35 hrs/wk), June 25, 2019 – August 28, 2019. Vacation may not be taken during this time. Training takes place on May 25th and 26th: Attendance on both days is mandatory, and will be paid.

The camp itself runs throughout the summer from July 2 – August 23, from 9am – 4pm, Campers aged 5 – 7 years old attend in the morning from 9AM – 12PM while campers aged 8 – 11 years old attend in the afternoon from 1PM – 4PM.


  • 3rd/4th year standing in a Linguistics, Speech Sciences or Cognitive Systems program
  • 2 years experience working with children in group settings (previous experienced as a camp leader preferred)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in Mandarin an asset


  • Current Criminal Record Check
  • Current First-aid/CPR certification

Salary: $16/hour

Location:  UBC – Totem Field Studios, 2613 West Mall

How to apply:

  1. Fill out this FORM
  2. Send your RESUME to ubc.salsa.fwelmanagement@gmail.com

Application deadline: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019



The SFU Summer Camps team is seeking enthusiastic, energetic, and fun individuals to join our amazing summer camp team! We are currently looking for ESL Camps Head Instructors and Instructors who will be responsible for planning and carrying out various activities for campers. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, teaching, and facilitating various education and recreation activities for camp participants. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to become educators, and gain experience working with children to provide a fun and informative experience. Our camps will provide many different opportunities to implement creative lesson plans, utilize fun and exciting new programs, and interact with children of all ages and abilities.

The deadline for Head Instructor applications is March 3rd, 2019 (new date!). The deadline for Instructor applications is April 7th, 2019. Employment with SFU Summer Camps will range from June 17th to August 30th, 2019.

For additional inquiries or information about our employment and volunteer opportunities, please visit: https://www.sfu.ca/camps/opportunities.html or email admin_camps@sfu.ca.



Please note that we do also have a form you can fill out to register that you are interested in research opportunities within the Department of Linguistics.