Who We Hire

We are always happy to welcome new Assistants to the role of living with, supporting and developing friendships with our Core Members (persons with intellectual disabilities). We have 600 Assistants in communities across Canada.

Assistants come to L’Arche from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Most Assistants have university or college education.  Typical degree programs include arts, humanities, music, teaching, social work, sociology, psychology, fine arts, theology, philosophy, religious education, disability studies, not-for-profit management and more.  Some Assistants have had previous full time work experience in a variety of organizations, and some come to L’Arche as a shift from a previous career.  Canadian Assistants will also share their lives in our communities with Assistants who come from around the world.

While 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, to develop friendships and to discover our shared human spirituality makes for a great Assistant experience.

We invite you to join us!


In L’Arche, we are looking for people who have a desire to share life in community, who want to live in a L’Arche home, and who can make minimum commitment of one year.
What are the experiences, skills, and qualifications which help to enrich the life of the community and are very much appreciated?