Escape TO Writers' Exchange!



Summer’s a time when we escape from our daily life—we pick up and go camping in the woods, disconnect from technologies, lay on a beach, road trip to far-away lands. But you don’t have to leave the city to escape it all this summer! A short shift volunteering with the Writers’ Exchange kids can leave you refreshed and rejuvenated! 

Things volunteering at the Writers’ Exchange can help you escape from in the summer time:

  • Work
    • Working in summer can be the worst… FOMO hits an all-time high as you imagine everyone else out there enjoying those glorious sun-swept days… At WE, you escape the drudgery of work, escape FOMO and even have statistically 245.78% more fun than all those poor folks who don’t volunteer with WE.
  • Sunburns
    • WE has wicked summer programs, amazingly creative kids and sunscreen.
  • The disappointment of it actually being a rainy Vancouver summer! How awful would it actually be if, after all this rain, we have a sunless summer? Do the best to prepare for the worst: Volunteer at WE, where the sun shines 24/7/365.
  • Technology
    • You don’t need a getaway from cell-service range to unplug from technology. At WE, you won’t check your phone at all since you’ll be so engaged with the kids and the fun activities!
  • Not meeting goals
    • Many folks set goals for summer, to lose weight or learn a skill or do more yoga… but it’s always easier to set goals than reach them. WE can give you projects/goals you can reach, and help you make them happen, for example:
      • Make awesome, illustrated stories, and celebrate with the kids at their very own book launch.
      • Make and decorate a time machine, a treasure chest, a bug hut, a marshmallow castle, or an obstacle course.
      • See more of your city: explore Vancouver through the goofy perspectives of kids. Fun bus rides? Check. Playing games? Check. Learning about farming/science/mountains/art? Check!
  • Routine
    • What better way of celebrating all the diverse activities, sights and sounds of summer by switching up your quotidian and trying something new? May we suggest WE, where no day, program, nor kid is the same, save for being universally awesome?
  • Boredom/Lack of stimulation/Social isolation
    • Summer: AKA when all your friends go back home, and all your classes end and you find yourself with nothing to do. Until now: WE personally guarantees your volunteer experience will contain zero dull moments.


Whatever your summer escape looks like, Writers’ Exchange would love to have you as creative, supportive literacy mentors with your coolest new friends: the Kids of Writers’ Exchange. Apply by June 2nd!


Our schedule is yet to be fully confirmed, but here is a taste of what our programming will look like this year (programs run from July 4th to August 25th and volunteers are asked to commit to one program/week):

Mondays: 9:45 - 11am in the Grandview and Renfrew neighbourhoods, 12:30 - 2:30pm in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood

Tuesdays: 10am - 12pm and 1 - 3pm at 881 E Hastings

Wednesdays: 9:30am - 3:30pm, Mysterious Summer Adventures

Thursdays: 10am - 12pm @ 881 E Hastings, 12:45 - 2:45pm in the Grandview neighbourhood

Fridays: 10am - 12pm in the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood