The Chess in the Library program is completely run by student volunteers, either in high school or university. If you enjoy chess, want to acquire leadership experience, or volunteer in your community, then volunteer for CITL! Please read the information below before starting an application.


 1. Volunteer Eligibility

In order to volunteer at a CITL program, you must be at least 14 years old. You must also not have a criminal record.


2. Volunteer Application and Screening

All volunteers must fill out an application form on the website. The volunteer screening process, conducted by the CITL Executive Board members, will take place once the application form is completed. If necessary, an interview will be arranged with the volunteer.


3. Volunteer Hours

To qualify for Ontario volunteer hours, the volunteer must be in grade 9 or higher. If the volunteer is in the IB program, he or she may also receive CAS hours for the service sector. Each session will be worth 2-3 hours, depending on the location. All volunteers are expected to honestly record their volunteer hours. Volunteer hours will be handed out around 2-3 times a year.


4. Volunteer Expectations


4.1 Punctuality

All volunteers are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the program to setup and leave when clean-up has been completed.


4.2 Interaction with Participants and Parents

Volunteers are expected to act courteously and politely with all participants and answer the concerns of parents. Complaints by parents or librarians should be reported to the Chess in the Library executives, and the volunteers will be dealt with appropriately.


4.3 Absences

If the volunteer is not available to volunteer a certain week (e.g. family event), it is mandatory that he or she notifies his or her fellow volunteers and librarians at least one week in advance. Moreover, it is the responsibility of each volunteer to ensure that there will be at least one volunteer present at the program each week.


If you are interested in becoming part of the CITL, please fill out the volunteer application form here