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Children & Family Programs Volunteers

Requirements for all volunteer roles

  1. Sensitivity and openness to persons of culturally diverse backgrounds
  2. High degree of patience, understanding, and flexibility
  3. Attend a General Volunteer Orientation and role-specific orientation prior to starting
  4. Record and report volunteer hours, as detailed in the Volunteer Orientation
  5. Pass Federal Background Check and driving record check (if applicable)
  6. Clear time and space in your schedule for your commitment
  7. In person roles: submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination

School Success Coach (Virtual or In-Person)

*High need*

Program Summary: Refugee students are more likely to be behind in school, simply as a result of their circumstances. Filling gaps in academic knowledge, understanding homework assignments, and tackling a new language can be overwhelming at first. In addition, students face being “the new kid” and re-creating a sense of home in the U.S. Our School Success Coaching pilot aims to provide every student struggling in school with a supportive, knowledgeable mentor to walk alongside them in this journey, by providing academic tutoring services and committed friendship.  

Program is available to students 6-18 years, with special emphasis on offering spots to middle and high schoolers due to increased academic challenge level.

Regular Volunteer Role: Share your skills and knowledge with a local refugee student, by committing to meet with them weekly as they complete homework assignments, increase their understanding of academic concepts, and tackle English vocabulary and grammar. Coaches are paired with individuals or groups students in need of support, and can meet either online or in-person 1-2x weekly – depending on volunteer/family preferences and location. Individuals specializing in specific subject areas will be prioritized for a match with students who have expressed needs in that area. Experience tutoring is not required, though is helpful.

  • Commitment: 1 or 2x weekly for 1-1.5 hrs. We ask that volunteers commit to at least a semester of support, to provide stability for the students. Meet-ups can be either virtual, in-person, or a combination.
  • Schedule: Regular weekly schedule is set based on volunteer/family availability; very flexible on timing

*Note: Volunteers may experience a wait time of several weeks before being matched with a student, depending on status of family waitlist* 


  • Creative, energetic, flexible, and thoughtful, with a love for connecting with children and youth 
  • Experience teaching or tutoring academic subjects helpful but not required; specific specialties a plus 
  • Additional languages other than English are a high need, particularly Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, or Russian 
  • Weekly availability at a time reserved for the program 
  • Able to pass a federal background check 
  • Consistently report volunteer hours 

Family Literacy Class Volunteer

*High Need*

Program Summary: The Family Literacy class is a space for Afghan mothers and children ages 2.5-5 to engage in both separate and collaborative learning, increasing access to education and improving mental and emotional health through supportive community. Our unique curriculum equips moms with knowledge and skills to navigate American systems and norms, and empowers these moms to be their children’s first teacher at home. First, mothers focus on English class while children enjoy Kindergarten-readiness activities in neighboring rooms. Then, everyone comes together to practice songs, games, and activities related to the lesson. Parents can repeat class activities with their children at home to promote learning for both parents and children.  

Regular Volunteer Role: You are invited to play, laugh, sing, craft, dance, and more, engaging in the vibrant work being done in our preschool classroom. Volunteers support set-up, planned activities, and clean-up, and befriend individual students as they navigate our classroom and their new lives in the U.S. Opportunities to support short field trips to local outdoor areas may be available.

*Ask about bringing your kids with you to volunteer! (Not guaranteed, but may be an option)*

*Note: Some families are still seeking support with transportation. If you are interested in supporting moms who may be facing this limitation, please complete your Motor Vehicle Check in the onboarding process, and ask our staff how you can get involved.* 

  • Commitment: At least once a week, for at least 3 months 
  • Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm 
  • Location: World Relief Kent Office, 23835 Pacific Hwy S 
  • COVID-19 vaccine: required



  • Creative, energetic, flexible, and thoughtful, with a love for connecting with children and youth 
  • Experience working with early learners a plus
  • Excited about holistically supporting families, specifically Afghan moms new to the U.S. 
  • Pashto or Dari speakers are especially appreciated 
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record 
  • Consistently report volunteer hours 

R.I.S.E. After School Mentor (2023-2024 School Year):

Program Summary: First and foremost, R.I.S.E. is a community - where students from all over the world can belong! We cultivate peer connections so students can laugh together, speak their home languages, and practice skills like goal-setting and conflict resolution. Students are also highly encouraged to develop a trusted relationship with a mentor, creating space to ask questions about school/U.S. culture or collaborate on challenges they are facing in their daily lives. Curriculum focuses on homework help, engaging STEM and art projects, and English vocabulary/grammar. 

Regular Volunteer Role: When joining R.I.S.E., you get the chance to bring the fullness of who you are - to build our community culture, befriend individual students, and support activities planned by staff. 15 minutes of set-up/briefing and clean-up/debriefing is included in time commitment.

*Ask about bringing your kids with you to volunteer! (Not guaranteed, but may be an option)*

  • Commitment: 1x a week, ideally through the end of the school year (but not required - let us know your availability)
  • Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm
  • Location: Local elementary school in Kent


  • Creative, energetic, flexible, and thoughtful, with a love for connecting with children and youth 
  • Experience tutoring or providing academic support very helpful, but not at all required
  • Bilingual, immigrant/refugee background or experience working in cross-cultural environments intentionally welcomed. Pashto, Dari, Russian, or Ukrainian speakers are especially needed!
  • Able to pass a federal background check and provide COVID-19 vaccination record 
  • Consistently report volunteer hours 

School Navigator

Program Summary: For many recently arrived families, tackling a brand new education system in an unfamiliar language is a major challenge with limited orientation opportunities. Many families find themselves inundated with school communications, wandering a new neighborhood searching for their bus stop, or being passed between school staff looking for how to advocate for their children. School Navigators are assigned to families with temporary needs navigating school for their children, easing the transition towards a flourishing academic future.

Regular Volunteer Role: School Navigators are flexible, bouncing between various engagements for either a couple hrs, a day, or perhaps a couple weeks of check-ins with the same family. List of opportunities will be sent to available Navigators, who can opt in to support if their time allows. Specific experience is not necessary; many activities involve fairly straightforward knowledge of local cultural norms. Community members who feel confident navigating the basics of the school system are also encouraged to join, of course.

  • Commitment: Availability on any schedule; willing to pick up a task if it fits your week or month. Requests would be sent to all Navigators via email, and it's totally up to the volunteer whether or not they are available to support.
  • Location: Flexible - may be at a family's home, or at a local school. Volunteers have the option of setting a preferred location boundary for assignments


  • Patient, kind, and passionate about welcoming and supporting newly-arrived families
  • Comfortable navigating basic school-related day-to-day information (for example, communications, class schedules, transportation system, picture day, calling teachers, etc.)
  • Additional languages other than English are a high need, particularly Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, or Russian 
  • Availability and willingness to support regularly, according to your schedule
  • Able to pass a federal background check 
  • Consistently report volunteer hours 

Kinders Camp Leader: Summer 2024

*Special group opportunities also available - please reach out to for more information about supporting summer programs with your church, club, or special interest group.*

Program Summary:

Recently-arrived refugee children in the United States face the unique challenges of adjusting to a new cultural environment, mitigating past traumas associated with immigration and seeking refuge, learning a new language, and adjusting to a new way of living. World Relief Western Washington’s (WRWW) Refugee Youth Summer Academy Kinders Camp (RYSA—Kinders) 2024 will be a multi-week program focused on helping newly arrived refugee children prepare to enter Kindergarten. 

We create a diverse, supportive community for children to set them up for success both in school and in life. We focus on providing school-readiness experiences, dual-language vocabulary practice, social-emotional learning, and peer connection. Using culturally responsive, trauma-informed, play-based learning methods, we offer transformative and meaningful experiences for children to learn, grow, and develop their true potential. To achieve this, we are seeking passionate individuals who will step up as leaders for our wonderful students.  

Volunteer Role:

Join our summer program community and befriend refugee children!  As a leader, you will experience a summer of unforgettable memories – walking alongside kids as their eyes are opened to new experiences, forming relationships with a diverse and passionate team, expanding and challenging your worldview, and getting an inside look at the world of refugee resettlement.  

  • Commitment: 1-2 days a week, on the same day of the week, for 4 weeks (e.g.: every Tuesday and Friday). 
  • Dates & Times2024 dates TBD
  • Location: Kent, WA


  • Join classroom activities, projects, large group learning time, or playground, under the guidance of summer academy staff (for example, making a craft with a small group or buddying up with one student to learn new English words
  • Jump in wherever needed, support students that could use a friend, and bring positivity and energy to the program.
  • Supervise a small group of kids as we connect with local parks, organizations, and kid-friendly spaces (field trips and visits from community organizations)
  • Complete mandatory World Relief onboarding process and attend virtual RYSA Volunteer Orientation, date TBD

Next steps

The first step is to fill out a volunteer application. Don't forget to mark Youth Programs as your area of interest. Once you submit your application, follow the steps to complete the online orientation and register for a local training.

All volunteers are required to attend both the general and local orientations, complete an application*, and undergo a background check before starting. At the training you will learn about World Relief's work, the refugees and immigrants we serve, and what it looks like to come alongside them as volunteers in different roles

*Required for new volunteers and returning volunteers who have not submitted an application in over a year. Background checks must also be renewed yearly.

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