Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers play a meaningful role in transforming job seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insights, and lessons learned.

UpGlo volunteers support job seekers through interview coaching and by encouraging and mentoring them through what can be a challenging time. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing job seekers gain confidence as they achieve their goals.

Meet a Volunteer

Wendy Chan

Almost all of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, and we are here today because at some point, this country welcomed us or our ancestors and allowed them to call it home. Now, millions of refugees need that same welcoming spirit from us and the rest of the developed world. Read full story

Volunteer Requirements

We need volunteers from all professional fields to serve the diverse backgrounds of our job seekers. Whether you are an industry veteran or mid-career professional, you have valuable experience to draw on and share with our job seekers. You must have:

  • At least 3 years of professional experience
  • Strong track record of helping others succeed
  • Interest in other cultures and respect for the immigrant experience
  • Excellent English communication and writing skills

Volunteer Experience

Informational Interviews

Most of your volunteering experiences will be through informational interviews with immigrant job seekers in your industry. Informational interviews are one time meetings during which the volunteer provides information, connections, and advice to the job seeker.

Mock Interviews

Volunteers also help job seekers prepare for upcoming interviews. UpGlo will provide the volunteer with interview and feedback guides to help the job seeker improve their interviewing skills.

English-Language Coaching

Our Language Coaching Program increases job seekers’ confidence in their English language skills through one-on-one coaching. Strategically paired individuals are expected to meet about an hour each week, either in person or virtually, for 8 total language coaching sessions The focus is to build language skills within the professional U.S. job searching context.

Other Ways to Help

  • Tell your network about us and introduce us to new people
  • Get your company involved in corporate volunteer opportunities
  • Refer work-authorized, skilled immigrants to our program
  • Help our local Leadership Councils with their fundraisers
  • Hold a fundraiser of your own, raise pledges on your birthday or for a walk/run.

Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact one of our offices for more information.

You must be a U.S. resident with a working U.S. phone number to participate in this program.
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Connectors are people who are well-networked. They know a wide circle of people that includes potential donors, corporate partners and foundation staff who need to hear about Upwardly Global's mission and impact. Connectors make introductions and set up small events where potential supporters can hear about our work and meet job seekers and alumni. Connectors also help with special event planning.

Informational Interviewer

Informational Interviewer conducts informational interviews, over the phone or in-person, and help job seekers understand the intricacies of pursuing a career within a given industry sector or company in the U.S.

Language Coaching Program

Volunteer language coaches work one-on-one with job seekers (in-person or virtually) to help them boost their English language skills and confidence. This will help them not only through the job interview process but also on the job. Coaching offers an opportunity for job seekers to practice small talk, build vocabulary and grammar, learn industry-specific jargon and acronyms, and improve their speaking confidence. Both coach and job seeker are supported by a training overview that outlines program expectations, as well as lesson guides to provide structure to the meetings. Pairs will meet once a week for 8 total meetings over a 10-week period. Additional contact via phone and/or email is to be expected.

Mock Interviewers

Mock Interviewers conduct mock interviews with job seekers, either in on-site events, virtually, or one-on-one.


A Networker meets with job seekers in a friendly environment that allows them to connect with professional peers, develop job search leads, and improve their networking skills.

Industry Specialists

Industry Specialists share industry/profession specific expertise and experience. Serve as an industry expert and resource for job seekers or staff. Lead and/or coordinate an Industry Roundtable - a forum of panelists in your industry who share information, suggestions, and concrete job search tips for our job seekers in a particular industry.

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What professional field have you worked in? If multiple, note the most recent.
Please identify the professional function you have used the most in your experience.
 All UpGlo volunteers must have at least three years of full-time professional work experience in the United States.
Please provide either an updated resume or an updated LinkedIn profile.  This allows us to better understand your professional background and history for the purposes of matching you with our job seekers.
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