Friday, October 06, 2006

Frontier College speaks out in support of Canada’s learners, volunteers and literacy practitioners

Check out the media advisory here.

Be a Labourer-Teacher!

Hi everyone!

For more information on the Labourer-Teacher program, click here.


Number of Positions Available: Approximately 35

The Job: Labourer-Teachers work as paid manual labourers during the day on farms across Canada. In addition to this physical work, they volunteer their time to provide educational and recreational opportunities for their co-workers who are predominantly migrant farm workers from Mexico and the Caribbean.

Work Period: Mainly summer (May to Labour Day). Positions also available in the fall. The hours are long: in peak season often 12 hours per day, 6-7 days per week.

Pay: Generally minimum wage. The Labourer-Teacher Program assists participants with travel costs. Housing is provided.

Location: Rural workplaces, predominantly farms, in Ontario. Labourer-teachers
usually live onsite.

Suggested Qualifications:

• some post-secondary education
• experience with community development and volunteer organizations
• teaching/tutoring experience
• physical fitness
• background in physical labour/relevant physical pursuits
• ability to live and work closely with others, especially in multicultural settings
• knowledge of Spanish, French or other languages (helpful in most positions, but not mandatory)
• excellent judgement and interpersonal skills; high level of maturity
• demonstrated ability to work to high standards unsupervised and to take initiative

What You Get From This Program:

• Hard work, low pay, and the experience of a lifetime!
• intensive pre-placement training
• support during the placement
• new skills, and the chance to be a part of our second century of service

Deadline for Application: February 28, 2007. Mail, fax or email us a resume, a cover letter and names and phone numbers or three references. Interviews will be held across the country. We encourage people who have a Latino or Caribbean background to apply to our program.

Labourer-Teacher Program, Frontier College
Mail: 35 Jackes Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4T 1E2
Fax: 416-323-3522
More information is available on our Website:

Monday, October 02, 2006

New Volunteer Info Session!

That's right! Ladies and Gentlemen - here it is!

Our new volunteer info session will be held this coming Wednesday, October 4, 2006 at 7:00 PM in Tabaret Hall, room 329 at the University of Ottawa.

The information session will include background information on Frontier College and will give you anidea of your roles and responsibilties as a Frontier College volunteer. After the presentation, if you decide you are still interested in volunteering, you will be asked to fill out the necessary application forms and to stick around for an interview. Interviews are 20 minutes in length and will be conducted on site.

What to bring to the info session and application process:

Our application process involves: an applicatino form, an in-person interview, reference checks, and a police background check.

In order to make the application process as simple as possible, you are asked to bring along the following items:

- a pen or pencil and notepaper
- your fall/winter schedule
- the names and titles and day and evening phone numbers of 3 references. At least 2 of the references should be professional references. We cannot accept references from family or "significant others." Local phone numbers are preferred but not mandatory.
- two photocopied pieces of ID. Please photocopy front and back sides of your ID cards. Please bring along the original pieces of ID for verification. Your health card is not an acceptable piece of photo ID. ID such as your drivers lisence, passport, citizenship card etc... are acceptable.

Also, feel free to bring along any friends you think would be interested in the opportunity!

Thanks and look forward to seeing you all there! As an added "extra-special" bonus, those who show up will be able to meet our fabulous new intern Noorin! More on her in a bit :)