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Volunteer and Gain Work Experience While Meeting Friends

As a newcomer, it can be hard to step outside of your small social circle or gain local work experience to understand the local work culture. But luckily, Toronto has a vast network of volunteer opportunities for people to take part in that can help you gain local work experience and meet people with similar interests so you can make new friends. Whether your interest is in community, health, or the arts, there’s something for everyone.

The City of Toronto runs many big events and festivals throughout the year, like Cavalcade of Lights, New Year’s Eve, a Canada Day celebration, and more. It’s a great chance to join in the fun for a major celebration.

Community organizations like the YMCA and YWCA regularly recruits volunteers as well as charitable events like Ride for Heart, the Terry Fox Run, and the CN Tower Climb for the World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

Passionate about healthcare? Most hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area run volunteer programs to help with their operations.

Do you like movies? Pretty much every film festival in Toronto, including the big ones like the Toronto International Film Festival and Hot Docs, as well as local events catered to a specific niche or ethnic audience, requires volunteers.

You can also find many opportunities on websites like Volunteer Toronto and Charity Village.

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