Phiren Amenca

Open Call for Volunteers: Internship Program at Romero House in Toronto, Canada

Deadline January 20, 2014



Romero House Internship Letter SizedThe refugee home Romero House, located in Toronto, encourages young Roma and non-Roma to apply to its Internship Program. The program offers the participation on: a two-week orientation at the beginning of the internship; weekly training on issues such as the Canadian refugee process, community development, and post trauma stress; meetings and conferences with other organizations serving refugees; and learning on a daily basis through interactions with refugees, fellow interns, and the staff at Romero House.

Applicants have access to a full coverage of housing, food, monthly pocket money and basic medical and dental care. Interns are encouraged to draw on their skills, interests, and education, while they develop new areas of competence in the following areas of responsibility: providing settlement service; leading community programs; administration and maintenance of RH’s four refugee houses; advocacy and public education about refugees in Canada.

The following criteria must be fulfilled: be at least 19 years of age at the time the program begins; completed high school; a basic understanding of English; a comfort with the Christian dimension of the Romero House community. We accept interns who do not have a Christian commitment but ask that they are at least comfortable with this dimension of the life and work. For further questions do not hesitate to contact us.


Send your motivation letter, CV and the Phiren Amenca application form until January 20th, 2014 to Marietta Herfort at [email protected]

Application form

Download the Phiren Amenca Volunteer Application Form (PDF) here


11 months

Romero House

Description of the hosting organization

Romero House is first and foremost a home for refugees. Since Romero House was founded in 1992 it has provided housing, settlement and advocacy services to more than 6,000 individuals and families. We provide housing to refugee claimants from soon after they arrive in Canada for about a year. We act as a bridge between the shelter and more long-term housing, supporting them in a difficult time in their lives.

In addition to housing, Romero House connects refugees to many of the services they need to make a new home in Canada.Romero House is actually four houses and a Neighbourhood Centre in the west end of Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. Following Romero House’s mission, applicants are encouraged to reflect upon their work through spiritual formation and lead a balanced life. Visit for more information.