NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto)

NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto), a unique mentorship program designed to help new immigrants/ convention refugees gain hands-on “Canadian Work” experience in event planning and project management. Newcomers are matched with mentors for a period of 4-6 months and work as a team to research, plan and organize free guided tours/outdoor/indoor activities. To learn more please visit our activities page:

Volunteer with NEAT in 2020!

We are recruiting volunteer mentors and newcomer volunteers. Please check out the criteria and join us for an orientation session on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at CultureLink’s office.

Join as Newcomer Volunteer Event Planner:

  • 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!

The time commitment is 4-6 months and the target is to organize 2 events/activities.


  • Must be an immigrant or convention refugee over the age of 18 (we require copy of immigrant/refugee status document)
  • 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.

Click here for NEAT newcomer registration

For information/questions, contact Rubeen Chauhan at: 416-588-6288 x 231 /

Join as Volunteer Mentor:


  • Interest in outdoor events and activities
  • Interest in working with new immigrants and refugees
  • Available to commit to work with newcomer volunteers for at least 4-6 months and help organize at least 2 guided tours/activities.
  • Must be 19 years of age or older and have life experience of living in Canada for 5 years or more.
  • Must attend a volunteer orientation session and NEAT orientation/networking session
  • Provide two references and police clearance

Interested mentors can sign up online at Registration

The online profile includes information of two references (name, email & phone). References cannot be related to the applicant.

CultureLink reimburses for Police Clearance ($20) and also accepts a copy of a valid police record check.

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

For information/questions, contact Rubeen Chauhan at: 416-588-6288 x 231 /


Partnership with Arts in the Parks

For the past several years, NEAT has partnered with Arts in the Parks to provide interested individuals opportunities to volunteer as “Arts in the Parks Ambassadors”.
Arts in the Parks offer volunteer opportunities all around Toronto starting from June till September, throughout the week. Shifts can be 2 to 6 hours long. In order to get a certificate, we encourage that you volunteer for at least 3 shifts.

Arts in the Parks Ambassador are the face of the Toronto Arts Foundation at each and every Arts Park across the city. Ambassadors have the opportunity to get involved in multiple ways throughout the event:

• Assisting with setting up and tearing down
• Simple signage pre/post-event
• Distributing brochures to audience members and passersby
• Answering questions about the event, park, and the Toronto Arts Foundation
• Conducting short audience surveys post-event
• …and more

If you are interested in various forms of art, exploring beautiful parks of Toronto, love outdoor activities and enjoy meeting new people, this is a position for you!

Anyone can volunteer with the Arts in the Parks!

Training is provided via Arts in the Parks!

Contact Rubeen Chauhan at 416-588-6288 x 231 /




“Thank you very much for the trip yesterday to Terra Cotta Conservation Area. We enjoyed it a lot. It was super and a great experience for us. We walked, saw a lake, learned about animals, tress and forest, touched the beaver pelt, beaver jaw, deer antlers, turtle shell. The children played and took a lot of photos. It was fun[ny]. Thank you again.”

-Sara, Ruslana, Gabriela