For Students

Volunteer for the International Festival

International Festival (IFEST) is a 30+ year tradition; this festival celebrates the music, dance, and food of UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte's international community. Over 50 countries from around the world are represented and attendance in previous years has been estimated at 10,000. It is located at and around the Student Activities Center (SAC) and admission is free. To volunteer for the IFEST, students should email studentorgs@uncc.edu or call 704‑687‑7176.

Volunteer as a Study Abroad Intern

UNC Charlotte students with study abroad experience and an interest in working in or learning about working in a study abroad office may apply to our volunteer intern program. Duties include peer advising, outreach, and marketing. To learn more or to apply, contact the Office of Education Abroad at edabroad@uncc.edu or 704‑687‑7747.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Office of Intercultural and Educational Experiences

The Office of Intercultural and Educational Experiences offers specialized short term training programs designed to meet the needs of university students or professional groups such as executives, teachers, bankers, and international business people. All programs emphasize education through experience and can be enhanced with conversational or business language training, site visits, internships, home stays and cultural activities. Volunteer opportunities for students include the following:

  • Intern in the Office of Intercultural and Educational Experiences
  • Interact with international participants in a variety of social and networking events
  • Host an international guest for an afternoon or longer to experience life in and around Charlotte

For more information, contact OIEE at intercultural@uncc.edu.

Volunteer as a Conversation Partner for an International Student

The International Friendship and Culture Exchange Program is an opportunity for American and International students to spend an hour together each week in interesting one-on-one conversation; sharing the ideas, customs and concerns of their respective countries. You and your partner will decide when you will meet and what you will talk about! You will be matched with someone who shares similar interests and notified by email with details of your first meeting. You will be provided with a list of great cross cultural conversation starters. To learn more, click here.

Volunteer as an English Tutor

The English Language Training Institute (ELTI) provides intensive English instruction for international students planning to attend U.S. universities as well as for those hoping to improve their general English skills. ELTI welcomes volunteers to serve as English tutors for an ELTI language student or to be conversation partners with ELTI students. Where desired, volunteers with non-English second language skills can be matched with students who speak that language for reciprocal language practice: the ELTI student practices English with you, and you practice your second language with the student. To learn more, contact ELTI at elti@uncc.edu or 704‑687‑7777.

Volunteer as a Conversation Partner for an English as a Second Language Student

The English Language Training Institute (ELTI) provides intensive English instruction for international students planning to attend U.S. universities as well as for those hoping to improve their general English skills. ELTI welcomes volunteers to serve as conversation partners for specific ELTI students and to interact with ELTI students in other ways. For more information about volunteering, contact ELTI at elti@uncc.edu or 704‑687‑7777.

Prospective volunteers interested in serving as general conversation partners at the monthly “ELTI Talks” conversation programs, should contact ELTI at elti@uncc.edu.