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About the Position
Position #: 19169
OrganizationKitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Position: Multilingual Tour Guide
Location: 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON, Canada
Impact Statement: The inclusion of tours in various languages meets the needs of the local community by providing opportunities which include and engage the diverse population in the Region of Waterloo. The Gallery hopes to open its doors and invite the public into the Gallery to experience the world of contemporary art. This program supports the goals as outlined in the Gallery’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 by “creating welcoming opportunities to participate in program initiatives, continuing to grow audiences across our full community”. The multilingual tour program at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery is designed and “committed to enhancing accessibility and increased participation in all its programs”.
Description: Currently, the Gallery is presenting tours in French, Polish and Mandarin. The volunteer interpreters lead engaging public tours of KWAG's current exhibition in their language of expertise. We are actively seeking Spanish, Arabic and Urdu speakers to join this exciting program.
Training Details: Six step training process:
1. Information delivered about the project for multilingual tour program and introduction to delivery of a gallery tour.
2. An information package (in English) about the artwork and artists for the upcoming exhibition will be sent to the interpreters.
3. Volunteer interpreters will get a tour of the exhibit with the curator and artist, at the beginning of each new exhibition. This includes a Question and Answer period. Following tour, Educators meet for an extended discussion.
4. Scheduled walkthrough with the Director of Public Programs offers opportunity for more information gathering about the exhibit.
5. Interpreter will give a tour of the exhibit in their chosen language, KWAG staff members will oversee tour.
6. Interpreter will give a tour of the exhibit in their chosen language to the public.
Duration: 4 - 6 months
Timing: Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime
Age: 18+
Ideal for: An Individual, A Newcomer
Transportation: On a bus route
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible entrance, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Designated accessible parking space, Support volunteers with special needs, Accessible work space, Support Newcomers
Area(s) of Interest: Arts/Culture, Heritage/Museum, Teaching/Tutoring
Skill(s): Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Communicate in Plain Language, Public Speaking/Presentation Skills, Creative Thinking, Sensitivity, Flexibility
How to Apply
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Email: Send an Email Message
Contact: Leah Caravan
Phone: 5195795860 Ext. 100
Address: 101 Queen Street North Kitchener, N2H 6P7


Volunteer Action Centre
151 Frederick Street, Suite 500
Kitchener ON N2H 2M2

Phone: 519 742 8610
Fax: 519 742 0559

Monday - Thursday
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Friday: 9 am - 12 pm