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2015 Holiday Appeal - Beyond Syria
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Since last summer all of the United States witnessed the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing their brutal civil war. This exodus left many wondering what were the implications for refugee resettlement in the US: http://goo.gl/vbB8GH
2015 Holiday Appeal - Survivor Support Services
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Domestic Violence occurs at the same rate across all communities. The murder rate is significantly higher among immigrant and refugee women because of the barriers they face in seeking freedom. Read the latest installment of our 2015 Holiday Appeal: http://goo.gl/l7Uho9

2015 Holiday Appeal - Cultural Calendar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Whether the Chopin Singing Society, Korean Dancers, Ugandan drummers, or the Karen Wrist Tying festival, IIB has been home to newcomer celebrations for more than a century.

2015 Holiday Appeal - Akili's Story
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Akili and his wife Reny fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. After a 1,300 mile journey and six years in a refugee camp, they're building a new life in Buffalo: http://goo.gl/EfYNms

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Volunteer, Intern, and Job Opportunities

Volunteer or Intern at IIB

Do you have a passion for human rights? Our volunteers and interns work in the departments of Refugee Resettlement & Employment Services, Survivor Support Services, Language Services and Global Education & International Visitors to help assist immigrants, refugees, their families and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.

Download the general application form here 

Home English Language Learners Outreach (HELLO) Program

The Home English Language Learners Outreach (HELLO) Program at IIB addresses an important pillar of refugee resettlement: proficient English. In this 12-week program , HELLO volunteers serve about two hours per week using our learning tools and flexible curriculum directly in the homes of our clients, particularly serving women, the elderly and the disabled who cannot easily get to adult learning classes. Volunteers help bridge the language divide so that newly-arrived refugees can more fully participate in society.

Friends & Mentors Program

The Friends & Mentors Program aims to bring together interested refugee clients and neighborly volunteers in order to meet the former’s expressed needs, develop a cross-cultural rapport and, if desired, extend that friendship beyond the duration of the program. Participants in the two-month program further integrate refugees into the Western New York community and broader American society through direct engagement, mentorship and cultural appreciation.

Download the application for HELLO and Friends & Mentors here. No application deadline.

 Interested applicants can download the appropriate application and submit it along with their resume to the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@iibuff.org

This internship has been such a good experience so far! I have met so many amazing people and learn so much every time I come into the Institute…I swear I'm not just saying this, I really mean it. Even though I've lived in Buffalo my whole life, this is the first time that I've needed to go to social services, use the bus system and visit many other places downtown.

I'm glad that I've actually been able to see the process of applying for health insurance benefits, social security and so on because although I am not proud to say it, I was ignorant regarding much of this before.

I really enjoy spending time with the refugees and seeing what amazing people they are. I was just able to use Spanish for the first time (I studied it through high school and my first year of college), with one of Mariya's clients and he was telling me a little bit about what life was like in Cuba. Each client really is amazing; I can't imagine having to adjust so abruptly to a different culture and language.

I am so happy that I got the chance to intern with the Institute because I can see that what you do is so important to the community and plays an essential role in helping these families become accustomed to a totally different lifestyle. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

-Arielle W., age 19, intern, Summer 2013 


Please check our Facebook page or Craig's List for current job openings.

Volunteer Coordinator (posted 8/14/17) 

Immigrant Domestic Violence Advocate (posted 8/22/17) 

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"Every day, nay every moment, try to do some good deed."
-Abu Bakr

The mission of the International Institute of Buffalo is to assist immigrants, refugees, their families, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
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