Group of students gather on the steps at the communication lawn on campus

High School Volunteer Program

Each summer, Youth Programs hosts a variety of student programs on Western’s campus that offer an opportunity for volunteers to serve as aids for the instructors and as role models to the participants. Examples of a volunteer’s daily responsibilities might include:

  • Conversation practice with international students
  • Assisting an instructor in classroom activities
  • Attending local field trips around Bellingham

The various programs serve students ranging from grades 4-11 and can include both local and international participants. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work in a variety of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), fine art, English immersion and American culture classes.

Program Goals

  • Foster connections between local and international students in a fun, academic setting
  • Support teachers in their work with all students
  • Provide an opportunity for high school students to expand their work experience and college admissions portfolio

Perks of Volunteering

  • Earn field service learning hours
  • Gain work experience and potential references
  • Become familiar with Western’s campus
  • Meet some Western faculty and staff
  • Lunch in the Viking Commons for full-day volunteers

Position Requirements

  • Must have completed ninth grade
  •  Available for at least one full week of morning and/or afternoon sessions during July and/or August (two or more weeks is preferred)
  • Must be able to attend one of the training sessions offered in June 2018


To apply, send a cover letter and resume with a subject line including “High School Volunteer Application” to Priority applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 1. The final application deadline is 5 p.m. on May 28. If you have any questions, please direct them to

Please be sure to include the following information in your resume:

  • Best phone number to reach you
  • Best email address to reach you
  • Name of your current high school
  • Grade level for the next school year
  • Any relevant academic, professional, or volunteer experiences
Please be sure to address each of the following in your cover letter:
  • Describe previous volunteer or work experience you have included in your resume.
  • Describe your experience working collaboratively with a team.  
  • Describe your experience in leadership roles.
  • List any days/weeks you know you will be unavailable to volunteer during July and August

At a Glance

Grades 10 - 12
(Must have completed 9th grade)

July - August

Morning, afternoon, and evening shifts available

WWU and occasional excursions

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