Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Portuguese-speaking students on Campus (Keele)

General Description

The program of Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian (PORL) Studies seeks Portuguese-speaking volunteers to assist in Portuguese language courses (POR1000, POR2000 and POR3000) on York's Keele campus:

  • POR 1000 – Elementary Portuguese: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • POR 2000 – Intermediate Portuguese: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • POR 3000 – Advanced Portuguese: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm


Volunteers are required to attend classes whenever possible (attendance agenda will be set in consultation with Professor Inês Cardoso). Student volunteers must be fluent in Portuguese as the goal of this project is to enhance our students' exposure to the language. Volunteers are expected to conduct themselves and speak only in Portuguese in the classroom, collaborate in class discussions, participate in pair and group activities. Student volunteers might aid by providing additional vocabulary, provide motivation and language clues to enhance particular discussions.

Volunteers are not to replace the instructor; scientific and pedagogical tools are provided by the instructor who will always be available to guide and help students; volunteers will support the instructor by leading and encouraging the activities in the target language. Classes' preparation is then the full responsibility of the Professor; volunteers are only expected to show up in class and act accordingly to the instructor's guidance.

There is no previous homework and/or research. It is also expected that all Portuguese-speaking volunteers will set a positive example by conducting themselves in a manner that aligns with academic policies for courses in the program (class behavior – participation, the use of laptops, cell phones and audio/visual recording, academic honesty) and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.


Any student attending York University is eligible for this position.

Skills/Interests of an Ideal candidate

  1. Oral and written fluency in Portuguese is required. Preference will be given to students who speak a variant of Portuguese different from the instructor's, in order to expose students to different variants of the language; thus, students from Portuguese-speaking countries, other than Portugal, are encouraged to apply;
  2. Students must identify with any Lusophone culture – as language teaching is strongly associated with the cultures. Preference is given to students who are culturally attached to a Lusophone culture such as Brazilian, Portuguese, Angolan, Mozambican, etc. However, students who have had a Study Abroad experience in a Portuguese-speaking country can also apply;
  3. Strong communication and interpersonal (relationship building, resolution) skills;
  4. A strong sense of Responsibility/reliability, supportiveness, positive role model and motivational skills;
  5. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate interest in teaching.


This opportunity will be for the entire academic year (from September 2018 to April 2019). Individual arrangements to be scheduled with the course instructor.

Co-curricular record

Although this is a volunteer position (therefore there is no paid remuneration), this opportunity is eligible for the student co-curricular record.


If interested, email Professor Inês Cardoso – icardoso@yorku.ca; please write in Portuguese and include the following:

  • subject: "Voluntariado"
  • text: explain (in Portuguese) why you are the ideal candidate for this position, and clearly outline your availability. Provide a phone number or skype contact information.

This volunteer position will remain open until all volunteer positions are filled. The number of volunteers per class is to be determined by the professor.