Become An Assistant


  • Make a difference for people with intellectual disabilities
  • Imagine the world differently. L’Arche will broaden your perspective on what you value.
  • If you’re looking for strong work experience, the skills you will acquire in only one year will fill a resume. Learn skills and leadership training such as teaching skills, advocacy, teamwork, crisis prevention training and much more.
  • Get paid to do what you love. Form life-long friendships with people. Feel appreciated for what you bring and how you contribute.
  • Live and work in Canada and the world. You will receive a salary and extended health care benefits in line with similar positions in the nonprofit sector. You can apply to any of our 150 communities around the world.


Assistants support Core Members in their everyday lives through:

  • Friendship and Sharing Life– prepare and eat meals together, live together in a L’Arche home
  • Spend time going on outings, hang out together, plan celebrations, share spirituality
  • Providing direct care and personal support– help someone to get dressed, give medication, assist with mobility and appointments, etc.
  • Supporting in daily activities – drive someone to work, shop for groceries, run errands, keep the house clean
  • Sharing talents and gifts – participate in and help to organize community activities and events.


Most Assistants are people who have university or college education who have:

  • The desire to live in a L’Arche home, provide direct care and carry out household duties. If you are not able to live in one of our homes, please consider volunteering.
  • Minimum commitment of one year
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be at least 18 years of age


There is no particular background or experience required to succeed in the role. We find that a desire to support others, to be part of a team, to experience community life, and to develop friendships are valuable Assistant experiences. Here are some soft skills we look for:

  • Patient, with the desire to help others learn and grow
  • Team player who is willing to work cooperatively
  • Open to learning and receiving feedback with a desire for personal growth
  • Responsible and takes initiative to live the role to a high standard
  • Motivated to make a positive difference in our world
  • Open to the spirituality of L’Arche and to supporting other’s faith journey
  • Wants to participate in the fun of community life, share joy, and laugh together
  • Able to appreciate other people in all of their diversity
  • Open to friendships with people


In your first months at L’Arche, you will receive the orientation and training that you need to succeed. However, there are certain experiences, skills, and qualifications which help enrich the lives of people in our community. Please note, most Assistants do not have previous experiences with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Listed below are some practical experiences we look for:

  • Musical or artistic talent
  • Driver’s License
  • First Aid or other health-related training
  • Cooking or gardening skills
  • Spiritual or faith-based background, training
  • Experience living in a community (camp, shared home)
  • Creativity in planning celebrations


L’Arche Sudbury welcomes assistants through an online application process in conjunction with L’Arche Canada. To learn more, click here. 

If you are located in the Sudbury area, and would like to apply, please contact our Assistants Coordinator at 705-525-1015, ext. 2, or email