ESL Teen Talk


Create a fun environment where ESL teens can become both more comfortable speaking English and more familiar with Calgary’s culture. Meet students in Grades 5 through 9 and lead fun group activities such as board games and Wii that help develop conversational skills. This is a youth volunteer opportunity for Grades 7-12.

Program Goals

Provide a safe and friendly environment for teens to practise their conversational English
Provide an opportunity for youth volunteers to develop mentoring and facilitation skills


Fall / Winter / Spring
1.5-hour programs
Five-week sessions
Dates and times vary depending on location.

1.5-hour programs
Five consecutive days
Monday to Friday
Dates and times vary depending on location.

Volunteer Qualifications

Junior or senior high school students (Grade 7 to Grade 12)
Strong communication skills
Ability to motivate and mentor participants in a youth-centred program
Reliability and a positive attitude
Strong literacy and facilitation skills
Ability to work effectively with diverse populations

Volunteer Responsibilities

Attend a volunteer orientation and training session
Create a positive, fun and rewarding environment for participants
Be a positive role model to participants
Commit to all program dates


An in-person orientation and training session to review program materials


Meet new people and explore new opportunities
Have fun and contribute to your community
Develop interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving, communication, facilitation and time management skills

Help Needed

All volunteer positions for this program are currently filled. Please complete an application, and we’ll contact you when a position becomes available.


Katie Radke
Phone: 403-221-2036