Volunteer at I-House

Volunteers are an integral part of I-House.  I-House owes its success to strong volunteer support. They are involved with much of the programming, upkeep and renovation of the facility, and in areas ranging from assisting the office staff, teaching classes, maintaining the yard and the facility, fostering a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and many other aspects of I-House operation, including leadership roles.

International visitors often serve as diplomats from other countries, teaching others about their cultures. They do so when they give talks at the I-House, help host distinguished visitors from their countries, demonstrate their cooking skills at the ethnic dinners, or participate in seminars and forums.

Volunteers are needed who have interests and talents in the above activities, or in program planning, hospitality, fundraising, working with foreign students, etc.

A few reasons why you should consider volunteering at I-House.

  • I-House volunteers enjoy friendly camaraderie.
  • I-House has a formal volunteer management system.  It regards its volunteers respectfully and professionally.
  • I-House volunteers, working along with a dynamic team and offer a welcoming and vibrant environment to promote international understanding.
  • I-House is a community asset worth supporting.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering at I-House or if you want to join our volunteer listserv to receive updates on volunteer opportunities, please send a message:

Vinita Domier, Program & Volunteer Coordinator:  volunteer@internationalhousedavis.org

and fill out the Volunteer Application online.

1. Front Desk Volunteer Interns (open until filled)

International House Davis is looking for a few friendly volunteers to work at the front desk at 10 College Park on weekdays.  Volunteers should study the I-House website to become familiar with I-House programs so they can answer questions from drop-in visitors. Volunteers also would be asked to keep the front room tidy, to make pamphlets or fliers in consultation with the staff (some computer expertise is a big plus) and to make copies of existing brochures. Volunteers will be asked to answer the phone, and have guests sign-in.

2. Cooking Class Instructors

Bring your favorite local or international recipe to share and to teach the International House Davis community. Cooking class is usually scheduled for Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 pm.

3. Language Class Instructors

English language instructors facilitate 1 hour conversation classes that are offered on a drop-in basis to help international visitors or scholars practice their English speaking and listening skills.

4. Facilities maintenance and gardening

International House Davis is looking for individuals to help with yard and leaf cleanup. Also various handyman skills such as sprinkler maintenance and cleaning of rain gutters as well as gardening and watering of plants and flowers around the building.

5. Special events

The International House Davis hosts many events during the year. International dinners, fundraisers, international movies, Storytelling hour, UC Davis Picnic day Flag carriers and more. If you’d like to volunteer for these special events, you can check http://internationalhousedavis.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/ for a list of upcoming events that need volunteers.

6. International Festival Davis

International House Davis hosts a yearly fundraising event on the first weekend in October. In the previous year, we had about four thousand participants coming to our event. We will also have Country tables, Non-profit tables, Performances, Selling vendors, Food vendors, Business Tables and a Youth corner. We really need volunteers to help with setting things up, parking, security, decorations (lots of fun in the weeks before the event), and help out at different tables. We invite you, and your organization, to join us by playing an important role in making this completely unique event happen and spreading the word about the International Festival.Many volunteers are needed to help with booth setup, traffic control, trash pickup and runners for the individual booths.

If you would like some more information about the International Festival, you can visit these websites:  http://www.internationalfestivaldavis.org/,   https://www.facebook.com/internationalfestivaldavis

7. Club International (Club-I) Volunteer

Club-I is a program of International House Davis that organizes social activities for the international community, particularly international students and scholars (age range generally 18-35). We are seeking a volunteer to plan and coordinate social events and activities, working closely with the Club-I president and members. Duties include event planning, promotion, coordinating volunteers, attending weekly dinners, and working with I-House staff before and during events. Scheduling and time commitment are flexible, though we prefer a minimum two-quarter overall commitment. While some events are pre-determined (e.g. Fall Welcome BBQ, SF Trip for New Students, Halloween party), you will also have the opportunity to think of and implement your own ideas.

Candidates should possess strong interpersonal and communications skills, as well as an interest in international and cultural exchange.  Contact Jay Jongitirat for more information at club-i@internationalhousedavis.org .

Volunteer Hall of Fame

Recipients of the SEN Volunteer of the Year Award since 1991 (arranged in reverse chronological order). The award is given to volunteers who have contributed significantly over an extended period of time. Awardees must not be a board member nor a former board member.

2018 – Shahzana Ali

2017 – James Ardill

2016 – Jay Jongjitirat

2015 – Robert Ludwig, Paul Moering

2014 – Nancy Foytik

2013 – Clarence “Cal” Cado

2012 – Sheila Cordrey

2011 – Verena Borton

2010 –  Marian Hayashi

2009 – Georgette Grivetti

2008  – Susan Larock

2007 – Ann Gunion

2006 – Henry Studer, Bob Campbell, Bob Muhl

2005 – Judy Moores, Ray Borton

2004 – Khushboo Malawi

2003 – Diana Samuels

2002 – Louann Vidmar

2001 – Chris Shackel

2000 – Betty Howard

1999 – George Cali, Margaret Dutra, Jean Kauffman

1998 – Dorothy Foytik

1997 – Carol Youman

1996 – Joan Stek

1995 – Charlotte Mitich

1994 – Dodee Blodgett, Bridget Huntington

1993 – Bob Kepner

1992 – Mary Cooper

1991 – Erna Thompson, Clara Robison, Art Small