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Child Life Volunteer Program

Group of volunteers

The Child Life Volunteer Program offers individuals who are interested in pursuing a career as a certified child life specialist (CCLS) the opportunity to provide age-appropriate activities in the health care setting under the supervision of a CCLS. Volunteers will support patients through one-on-one or group activities at the bedside, waiting room and/or in the playroom as deemed necessary by the CCLS.

Our program is unique in that our volunteers report directly to a CCLS. Having access to a practicing CCLS can be a valuable resource when working toward a child life practicum or internship placement. We encourage our volunteers to use this experience to become acclimated to working in a hospital setting with children. Please note this is not a Child Life shadow or observation program.

Selection of a volunteer is based on previous experience working with children, academics, interview and references. Experience working with children in a hospital setting is not a requirement, though it is recommended that you have prior group and one-on-one experience with children. Our program requires 100 hours of commitment and applicants must be 18 years or older.

Volunteer placements are in our inpatient units, outpatient areas and the Emergency Department. Typically, volunteers work 1-2 shifts a week for 3-4 hours at a time. We have morning, daytime and evening shifts available.

We value volunteers who are reliable, confident problem solvers, engaging and playful. This is a fast-paced environment and a volunteer who can multitask while still following all hospital protocols and policies will flourish in our program.

Contact and Additional Information

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Child Life Volunteer, please contact our Child Life Volunteers team.

If you are interested in learning more about other Child Life Training Programs, please visit our main Child Life Services webpage.

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