International Student Mentor Application

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International Student Mentor Program Objectives
The International Student Mentor Pilot Program (The Pilot) is designed to facilitate communication and peer-to-peer relationships around pre-arrival supports for incoming students and routine questions as they relate to the successful welcome and arrival of new international students to VIU.  The Pilot will focus supports for newly admitted students from India, with the hope to formally expand the program to all newly admitted international students in the near future.
Mentors engage newly admitted international students about content in our online pre-arrival course, Ready, Set, Go!  The mentors help facilitate reminders and engage dialogue around routine issues and queries (such as enrolling for classes, housing, buying books, and what to bring)


Appointment Type:


Volunteer, Part-time



13 May, 2019 – 13 September, 2019





5 – 20 hours per month (flexible, contingent upon opportunities); mandatory monthly meetings throughout the volunteer term

Nanaimo Campus, Vancouver Island University



  • Connect with international students before their arrival at VIU about routine issues related to their pre-arrival and new student experience.
  • Be available to answer questions and build conversation through discussion groups with the pre-arrival course, Ready, Set, Go!
  • Attend mandatory orientation and training sessions
  • Attend monthly meetings (in person/online)
  • Be available and post regularly on designated social media platform(s) to connect with students
  • Attend the Smooth Sailing: International Student Orientation (August 24 & 25, 2019), and assist as required in orientation workshops and sessions
  • Assist International Student Services (ISS) initiatives in onboarding new international students, including but not limited to the creation of posters, social media campaigns, and newsletter content
  • Cultivate opportunities for positive interaction amongst incoming International Students


** Mentors will not serve as academic advisors nor provide immigration related advice**

 Required Qualifications:


  • Must be a current student at VIU, enrolled in any full-time undergraduate or graduate program
  • Must have successfully completed at least one full semester of studies at VIU, and be enrolled for the upcoming fall semester
  • Be familiar with the International Ready, Set, Go! online course, and VIU Learn
  • Be in good academic standing at VIU
  • Have a strong interest in helping fellow students
  • Demonstrate respect for all others (values, beliefs, religion, sexual orientation etc.)
  • Have excellent communication skills, including strong written English skills
  • Must be available in Nanaimo, BC from mid-May to mid-September, 2019
  • Willingness to learn and to develop leadership qualities


Preferred Qualifications :


Benefits / Support Provided:


  • Fluent in Hindi and/or Punjabi


  • Co-curricular Record Credit* pending approval
  • Volunteer orientation and ongoing training throughout The Pilot
  • Monthly meetings, which will include professional development training
  • Transferable skills to help build your portfolio
  • Earn an International Student Mentorship Program Certificate and reference upon successful completion of The Pilot, with a minimum of 25 hours of volunteer time
  • Hands-on experience and training in working with new students, responding to queries, facilitating group chat, and similar skills
  • Appreciation Banquet (mid-September)