Reading Week

Make connections in community organizations and gain valuable experiences in elementary schools and non-profits

Do something this Reading Week

Spend your break supporting community projects across the Lower Mainland. Over the past 20 years, more than 400 UBC students have mobilized each Reading Week to lead community projects in elementary schools and non-profits in Vancouver. 

Join a team of UBC students to lead elementary school students and community members in themed projects and activities for one, two, or three days. 

How to view project opportunities and sign up

  1. Go to the Community Connect Portal.
  2. Click the “Opportunity” drop down list on the sidebar and select “Reading Week.” 
  3. Navigate through the project opportunities to learn more about the project details and volunteer role qualifications.
  4. To apply, click on the project placement you are interested in and select "Apply." Some projects may require you to upload your BC vaccine passport or other valid proof of vaccination. 
  5. Connect with your project leaders after receiving a confirmation email outlining next steps. 

Key dates

Apply for a Reading Week opportunity on the Community Connect Portal by Fri, Feb 11, 2022.

Projects will run between Mon, Feb 21 and Sat, Feb 26, 2022. Students will have the option to participate in projects across one to three days and apply for in-person or virtual projects.

The orientation for all projects will be held on Sat, Feb 12, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm PST, with options to attend virtually.

Skills and achievements

During the Reading Week Program, you will:

  • Create an engagement or deliverable that provides community support and impact
  • Gain organization and time management skills required for short project delivery
  • Develop effective group working, communication, and collaboration skills
  • Work with diverse audiences 
  • Network with community organizations and other passionate students
  • Put your discipline learning into practice
  • Develop new or aspiring career skills  
  • Build a sense of belonging and community connection in Vancouver

Topics and themes

This year, Reading Week projects address the following topics:

  • Youth emotional wellbeing and resiliency 
  • Education
  • Food security 
  • Social isolation and loneliness
  • Community storytelling
  • Arts and culture
  • Anti-racism
  • Immigrant and newcomer community building

If you have questions