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What to expect as a volunteer

Discover what it means to become a Dalhousie volunteer. Read or download an introductory overview of volunteer roles, responsibilities, and resources.

Dalhousie is strengthened by our diversity

We are committed to being a place where everyone feels welcome, and we have a number of supports and resources aimed at fostering these values.

Dalhousie has policies preventing discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence, and we are actively working to support diverse gender identities and enhance our initiatives to address anti-Black racism. It is our goal to become a fully inclusive community that is characterized by equity and respect.

How volunteerism works

Volunteer resources

Training and orientation

The majority of our volunteer opportunities will provide role-specific training before you start.

Timing for this training is scheduled in advance and may vary from an online workshop to a one-on-one phone call or meeting. When you are enrolled in an opportunity, a volunteer coordinator will connect with you directly to further outline any required training. 

We would like to emphasize that all of our volunteers are encouraged to participate in our Cultivating an Inclusive Environment workshop, facilitated by Dalhousie’s Human Rights and Equity Services team. Registered volunteers will be invited to join a session. 

Lastly, all volunteers will be connected with a volunteer coordinator at their time of enrollment, and are encouraged to reach out to these contacts or with questions or concerns at any time.

Policies and agreements

All volunteers are expected to review and adhere to a Volunteer Code of Conduct.

These policies are in place to ensure a healthy, supportive, and safe environment for all volunteers, and will be provided to you at the time of signing up. Depending on the nature of your role, you may also be asked to sign a photo/media release form, a confidentiality agreement or other role-specific agreements or waivers. Should you have any questions regarding these policies please contact us at

Workshops & Toolkits

When you volunteer with the Office of Advancement or one of our partners, we want to help you feel empowered, informed, and prepared to get the most out of your experience with us.

With this in mind, we offer professional and/or personal development opportunities at various times throughout the year. These may take the form of web-based guides, facilitated workshops, group discussions, or self-paced toolkits. These opportunities are offered free to our volunteers and are continuously under development and evaluation to ensure we are offering you the highest quality of programming.