Working & Volunteering


Art Show: Love Without Borders for Refugees in Need

Love without Borders which was founded by Kayra Martinez as a forum for refugees to express themselves through their art. Here is her story. Kayra is a United Airlines flight attendant. She started her volunteer work in 2015 helping Syrian refugees arriving in Germany. From there, she traveled to Northern Greece, volunteering at the Nea Kavala refugee camp in Thessaloniki. When she saw the tragic conditions in which refugees were living, she knew she had to do more.


Women in Transition, Finding Direction

What does being locked in transition mean? – it’s the period that women spend as full-time mothers sometimes in one place, or for others around the world. In choosing ‘motherwork’ over anything else, they accept the gap in their professional development, many times underestimating the frustration of unlived potential and personal progress towards goals and dreams.


Volunteering: A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

With the arrival of each new year, many people take a moment to reflect on the changes they want to make in the coming year. I am ready to get out there again. Ready to make a positive impact in the community; to support international students, and young immigrants in a personal and meaningful way through volunteering.


Communities Come Together: A Year of Fear and Hope

There is no doubt this has been a scary, stressful and apprehensive time for many immigrant and refugee communities, across the country, and things are still far from resolved. But here at Life in the Bay, and across America, people are not ready to be cowed, they have stood up and said, “No,” often and loudly. People have been coming out, stamping their feet, and shouting, this is not us, this is not our America and we will be heard.


Networking: finding a job in a new country

“Elevator pitch”, “LinkedIn profile”, “Skills development”, “Building contacts”, “Career events”… If you get the shivers just reading those phrases, don’t worry. You are not the only one who feels confused, nervous or downright scared about using networking during your job search. Networking has become a more trusted and common method of job searching, and it’s easy to see why. You spend some time improving your LinkedIn profile, you attend events in your particular field, you reach out to friends, former coworkers, even family, and boom, you get a job! Wait. It can’t be that easy, can it? Honestly, networking is […]


International Rescue Committee & Life in the Bay, making a difference together!

The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.