Vancouver Summer Program Student Volunteers

The Faculty of Medicine is recruiting UBC Student Volunteers to assist approximately once or twice per week with social and cultural activities held as part of the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) occurring June 4 to July 4, 2017 and July 15 to August 15, 2017.

Student Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside Faculty of Medicine (FoM) staff, supervising and assisting with fun activities and events designed to showcase our amazing city and campus to international students attending UBC as part of the Faculty of Medicine’s VSP. Student Volunteers will also act as Student Ambassadors, assisting international students through the academic component of the VSP by sharing their undergraduate and graduate school experiences, and representing UBC’s inclusive, diverse, and dynamic culture.

The Vancouver Summer Program

Approximately 90 students from around the world will be attending UBC from June 4 to July 4, 2017 and 350 students from July 15 to August 15, 2017 as part of the Vancouver Summer Program hosted by the Faculty of Medicine. These students will be taking two full-time courses during this month-long program. They will also have the opportunity to participate in social and cultural activities and events hosted by Faculty of Medicine staff (this is where our volunteers assist) and in some cases the UBC Provost’s Office.

Why Volunteer?

  • Gain valuable experience working with other people in a supervisory role
  • Expand your communication and leadership skills
  • Meet international students – learn about new cultures and share your own!
  • Gain volunteer experience with the UBC Faculty of Medicine to help enhance your resume
  • Have fun! Our activities include a campus tour, an improv night (June 4-July 4 only), fireworks at the Celebration of Light (July 15-August 15 only), visits to the Vancouver Aquarium/ Stanley Park and the Museum of Anthropology

What you will do

  • Support a 2-3 hour event an average of once or twice per week for three to four weeks
    • Mostly evenings and weekend days
    • Participate in as many activities, or as few, as you want. There is no minimum or maximum, we just suggest an average of once or twice per week
    • Volunteers can help with social and cultural activities, events such as orientation day and the farewell ceremony, and other program activities, such as airport pickups and settling students into residence.
  • Supervise and interact with students on events
    • International students appreciate the opportunity to practice their English and interact with someone who can tell them more about Vancouver
  • Help facilitate an event or activity
    • For example: If the event is a campus tour, you could participate, help organize groups, and provide overall support to Faculty of Medicine staff
  • Assist with events
    • Faculty of Medicine staff will be running and organizing all events. Volunteers don’t need to do any preparation – just attend the event, and interact with the students
  • Be a Student Ambassador and chair a weekly 1-hour small group session (maximum of 6 students)
    • Share your medical or graduate school experiences and knowledge
    • Discuss VSP educational material, offer study tips
    • Review the previous week’s academic activities; discuss any academic issues students are experiencing


  • Must be a student in the UBC Faculty of Medicine
    • Volunteers are not required to be in summer classes – as long as they are continuing their studies in September.
  • Have a positive, energetic attitude!


  • Strong English language skills
  • Fluency in another language is a great asset
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Vancouver and UBC

How to Apply

Please email the Faculty of Medicine’s International Coordinator, Katya Leonardia, at

In your email tell us a bit about yourself (year of study and degree) and the reason why you are interested in volunteering for the Faculty of Medicine’s Vancouver Summer Program (1 or 2 paragraphs maximum).

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 23, 2017 for the June 4 to July 4, 2017 session.
The application deadline is Monday, June 26, 2017 for the July 15 to August 15, 2017 session.

Early applications are strongly encouraged.


Feel free to contact us for more information.