Volunteer at I-House

Volunteers are an integral part of I-House, and we owe our success to strong volunteer support. Volunteers 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.

Volunteers from countries outside the U.S. often serve as diplomats, teaching others about their cultures. They can give talks at I-House, help host distinguished visitors from their countries, demonstrate their cooking skills for classes or 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, event promotion, 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:

Shahzana Ali, Volunteer and Visitor Experience Coordinator:  shahzana@ihousedavis.org

and fill out the Volunteer Application online.

1. Office Volunteers 

International House Davis is looking for a few friendly volunteers to work in the office at 10 College Park on weekdays. Office volunteers help with maintaining our facility, scanning documents for our files, distributing promotional materials, keeping our website current, and other tasks as needed.

2. Cooking Class Instructors

Bring your favorite local or international recipe to share and to teach the International House Davis community! Cooking classes are usually scheduled for a weeknight evening from 6 to 8 pm, but other times are available.

3. Language Class Instructors

We currently offer instructional and conversation classes in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, German, and Portuguese, and we are always seeking new instructors! If you would like to teach a class in one of these languages, or if you would like to establish a new class in another language, please submit a class proposal.

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: dinners, fundraisers, international movies, family events, UC Davis Picnic Day parade participants, and more.

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/ and  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 .



I-House Davis is currently developing an internship program and will be seeking interns for Photography (photograph I-House Davis events for our archives and for social media) and Promotions and Outreach (press releases, website updates, newsletter, community outreach). If you would be interested in applying for these programs when they are formalized, please email shahzana@ihousedavis.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.

2019 – Noriko Hollar

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