Welcome Home Internship

Internship Opportunity!

 Term:  Sept -August

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The flagship program of Ray of Hope’s Refugee Support Services, we are a local faith-based non-profit near uptown Waterloo, with a 13 year track record of offering newly arrived refugees one year’s shelter and supportive community.  Between thirteen and sixteen primarily single adult refugees live at Welcome Home Refugee House at one time.  Continue to check out our website for more information about us.

Do you have?

  • Applicable Post Secondary Degree, i.e. Peace and Conflict Studies, Global Studies, International Development, Social Work, etc.
  • Ability to live-in on site.
  • International and/or cross-cultural experience
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written.

Live-In: Joining a staff team of four with a primary role as House Supervisors,  you will receive a wide variety of experiences and assignments, allowing you to explore your own skills and try your hand at many practical applications of your training.  We believe this will help you gain entry into your career with solid awareness, skill and experience.

  • DSCF0232You will have opportunities to learn skills of advocacy, community development, case management, the practical aspects of running a non-profit organization and much more!
  • Working with refugees is demanding in every way, so learning the disciplines and rhythms of a soul-sustaining lifestyle will be a critical aspect of your training.
  • Training on issues related to the Canadian refugee process, community development, post- trauma stress, cultural intelligence, conflict resolution, inter-faith dialogue, etc.
  • To learn more, read A World-Expanding LeapAn Insider’s View of the Internship and What is the Internship All About?
  • Job Posting


  • House supervisor: Build a relationship with the residents and providing personal support as you foster community between everyone living at Welcome Home. One 5 bedroom unit is for single males with a room for an intern, the other 5 bedroom unit is for single females with a room for an intern.  There is also a transitional 3 bedroom unit for a family above the Welcome Centre and offices.
  • Case management and settlement assistance for the refugees living in your unit.
  • Develop community programs, facilitating involvement of volunteers from our community and partner churches.
  • Participate in meetings and conferences with organizations serving refugees.
  • Involvement in various advocacy groups, as desired.

We look forward to your creative input that will help shape your year with us.


This is a paid internship.


Time Off:  Each day, interns have personal time to rest, exercise, socialize or just take time for oneself. Personal time is most often taken when most refugee clients are either at ESL or work. Interns will have one evening off per week and one weekend per month, and may take two individual weeks of vacation during the year’s internship. During evenings and weekends off, interns may leave their home and community to do what they wish.


To Apply:  send an email to hr@rayofhope.net.

Application deadline:              Start Date: The last Monday of August


Successful candidates will be required to provide:
• Police Records Check, including a screening with the vulnerable sector.
• Medical Form
• Valid “G” Class Driver’s licence, Ministry of Transportation 3-Year Driving Record
• A copy of a valid first aid/CPR (Level C minimum) certificate
• This position requires the successful candidate to provide leadership, direction and implement Christian values in a multi-faith environment. The successful candidate is required to sign off agreeing to our Statement of Faith and Morality Statement.


Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. If you require accommodations, please contact Human Resources by email at hr@rayofhope.net or by phone at 519-578-8018 ext. 223.