Great work culture and unique opportunities, lack of management experience and low pay
Youth and Educational Programming (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 28 August 2017
Free The Children (WE Charity) is a fantastic place to gain new skills. You will take on tasks well beyond your job description and will be awarded the opportunity to participate in some incredibly unique experiences. The work culture is unlike any other, with colleagues that feel like your family and a fast paced but fun environment.
WE has incredibly high turnover and a preference to hire/promote from within. Though this can be beneficial to advance within the organisation, some management/leadership can lack the experience needed to effectively lead teams and support their personnel - favouritism can be witnessed. The pay is low, even for a not-for-profit, coupled with longer work hours that you are not always fairly compensated for.
Unique opportunities, skill development, work culture/colleagues
Personal & Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 23 September 2016
Incredibly rewarding place to work knowing you are helping children around the world. There are so many countries they work in that helps kids achieve better education and provides better housing for all.
We Scare Hunger, Food Collector (Volunteer Work) (Former Employee) – St. Catharines, ON – 1 June 2016
I got to go house to house on evenings collecting food for the hunger. It has a very nice purpose and I enjoyed helping the community. I met very nice local people and so many people willing to donate food.
Positive and professional environment with a purpose
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 6 July 2015
Administrative intern at Me2We trips Trips office organized school trips to third world countries in Africa, Asia, and South America Office administration work consisted of creating complete participant profiles (medical, travel insurance etc), keeping up communications with participants to prepare paperwork for trip, excel and access database work to record information Assist in funding projects, creating Powerpoint presentations for potential donors, highlighting exceptional candidates and why they could use donations for trip Assist in Free The Children events during the summer Hardest part of the job is participants not having required documents or complications due to travel visas, or not enough funds for trip Most enjoyable part of the job is helping coworkers and clients meet organizational needs and a job well done
Sometimes not enough work, or work comes to a standstill while waiting on documentation
We Day (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 2 May 2015
I was a volunteer, I enjoyed it very much. We helped set up merchandise booths and gift bags. It was a very positive environment with lots of positive people. This was a very great experience and was lots of fun.
Free lunches, meet new people, be apart of an empowering movement.
Free the Children: Volunteered with my school to sell calendars
Calendar Salesperson (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 11 July 2013
This was simply volunteer work in which, I approached teachers and parents in order to sell calenders. When sold, the money would go the free the children organization. My co-workers were cooperative and we all designed the calendars with equal contribution. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing we were helping people and the hardest part was finding a place to print the calendars.
Youth & Educational Resources Intern (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 26 June 2013
On any given work day one could see me doing chiefly 3 things: 1) coordinating the assembly & mailing of sourcing material to S. Asia, Europe & across N. America 2) Organizing & instructing volunteers on how to assemble sourcing material 3) Data entry and administrative work to support youth engagement. This was my first full-time administrative support role and the most important things that I learned were to maintain office supplies and equipment and to monitor inventory. The biggest challenge I faced in this role was coordinating and scheduling volunteers. These were usually large teams of up to 20 people and often children as young as 7 and adults above 40 years would be working in the same group. Instructing in a way that everybody could follow, was a big achievement. And I was able to get the job done by communicating clearly and precisely- often in writing. My co-workers were also of great help, since they would offer assistance whenever I asked of them. Having such great coworkers was definitely the most enjoyable part of the job.
Free breakfasts, autonomy, great boss
Often physically challenging; eg: heavy boxes were required to be moved around
Me to We' dancer (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 3 June 2013
I was a dancer for Free the Children and Me to We. I learned a choreography, presented it to the audience, livened, and cheered the crowd . The dance was performed as a group but focus and practice was needed by each individual. Me to We had such a lively atmosphere and the co-workers were very enthusiastic and friendly.
The job itself is fun, and free lunches were provided