NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto) Mentorship Program

Become a Volunteer Event Planner with NEAT and learn to organize guided tours for the general community!

Join 2017 NEAT teams!


  • Are you a newcomer looking for hands-on “Canadian” work experience?
  • Are you interested in event planning or project management?
  • Do you enjoy history, architecture, nature?
  • Do you enjoy walking, exploring and meeting new people?
  • Do you want to learn new skills or enhance your current skills?
  • Are you looking for flexible volunteer hours that would fit well with your schedule?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, then NEAT Mentorship is the Program for you!

SIGN UP TODAY!

Learn about the program details and commitment at the upcoming orientation session on Wednesday, August 16 from 6 to 8:30 pm at CultureLink’s office (2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301)

Additional Training on Wednesday, August 23 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at CultureLink’s office:

  • How to use Meetup Group for NEAT to promote events
  • How to organize a Guided Tour

Certificates would be awarded for attending additional training.

The 2017 NEAT teams will work during the fall and winter and may be asked to organize winter activities (weather permitting) such as skating, tobogganing, snow sculpturing, hiking, etc.

Eligibility:

  • Must be an immigrant or convention refugee over the age of 18
  • Must be able to commit to the program for a period of 4 to 6 months
  • Willingness to travel within Toronto
  • Ability to walk for a couple of hours or more
  • Willingness to spend time outdoors during fall/winter
  • Interest in exploring Toronto, organizing winter activities, learning new skills, openness to new ideas and using one’s full potential
  • Ability/willingness to work in a team as well as independently
  • English Language Level 4 and up is encouraged.

Contact Rubeen Chauhan, Mentorship Program Worker (NEAT, Wintegration & Citizenship) at: 416-588-6288 x 231 for further details or questions.

Most orientation Sessions, Match Meetings and training are held at CultureLink’s office: 2340 Dundas Street West, Suite 301 (Near Dundas West Subway station)

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Last updated: August 4, 2017 (by Rubeen C.)

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Interested to be a NEAT Program Mentor?

Gain experience, connect with Newcomers and make a difference!

What’s involved?

NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto) is part of civic engagement mentorship. The purpose of the NEAT Mentorship is to provide newcomers with opportunity to improve their public speaking skills, general conversation, knowledge of Toronto and local cultures, history and free events of Toronto as well as help them learn to plan and implement guided tours and build/enhance skills in project management/event planning. It requires 4 to 6 months commitment (approx 6 hrs per month) and in terms of time and location, it is a very flexible.

Criteria, skills set and requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years or older
  • Must be fluent in English and have life experience of more than 5 years in Canada
  • Must attend mentors’ orientation and NEAT orientation session (additional training on meetup.com/NEATwalks)
  • Must provide two professional references and police clearance letter
  • Experience working with newcomers or diverse clients will be an asset
  • Small group facilitation experience and ability to engage participants of varying skills and language levels will be an asset
  • Capability to help newcomers practice English and learn new skills in project management/event planning
  • Knowledge of Toronto’s local culture/neighbourhoods and free events and activities would be an asset

How to register: Register online at: www.myvolunteerpage.com (Click for Instructions)

Have questions or need more information? contact Rubeen Chauhan, NEAT Program Worker at 416-588-6288 x 231. Please join the orientation session on Wednesday, August 16 from  6 to 8:30 pm.

The 2017 NEAT teams will work during the fall and winter and may be asked to organize winter activities (weather permitting) such as skating, tobogganing, snow sculpturing, hiking, etc.

Like us on Facebook: CultureLink New Immigrants Connection

Last updated: August 4, 2017 (by Rubeen C.)

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Meet with  Rubeen Chauhan, NEAT Mentorship program worker at East Scarborough Storefront, 4040 Lawrence Ave. East between 12 noon to 4 pm. Drop-in or book an appointment at 416-588-6288 x 231 | rchauhanATculturelink.ca