Students volunteering


I have very little free time;  can I still volunteer?
Yes, it is possible to volunteer for short-term activities (festivals, sports events or fundraising). It can be for a few minutes per day (phone calls to the elderly), a few minutes per week (update a web site), or for as long as you wish.

Can I volunteer in my field of study?
It depends what field you're in. It is easy for those in the health, information technology, education and translation fields to find volunteer opportunities. For accountants, notaries, engineers, biochemists, and others, it may be more difficult.

Volunteer work experience could very well become an important part of any curriculum vitae : it enables you to gain or develop a good number of transferable skills .

Why should I volunteer?
There are many good reasons to volunteer:

  • To support a cause in which you believe (environment, literacy, integration of new Canadians ...)
  • To meet all sorts of new people
  • To acquire work experience
  • To learn about your community

I would like to volunteer, but I don't know where to go.  What should I do?
If you haven't found something through our website, you can contact the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal (514.842.3351) to make an appointment with a placement counselor who will be able to help you find a volunteer position which corresponds to your interests, schedule, etc.. Interviews are scheduled Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in our downtown offices. We could also redirect you to another Volunteer Bureau, closer to you.

At the end of the meeting, the counselor will give you the contact information for one or more non-profit organizations which could use your services. It will then be up to you to contact the organizations to follow up on the opporunity.

Can I stop volunteering at any time?
Yes! Volunteering is a personal choice:  you can stop anytime you want, however certain organizations will ask for a commitment of three to six months, particularly if they provide you with training.

To learn more about the different types of volunteer activities, Three hours a week, a month, or a year...
To consult the latest volunteer requests see the most recent requests. 
For organizations which welcome younger volunteers, I'm under 18.