The Peer Helper Program provides leadership opportunities to Vancouver Island University students who are inspired to make positive contributions to our diverse campus community.
Peer Helpers operate from the Faculty of International Education, and contribute to welcome events and socio-cultural programs that serve to support and connect over 2,000 international students with the larger student body and community.
Role of Peer Helpers
Peer Helpers offer a helping hand to new students and provide a warm welcome. Duties include:
- Actively participate in peer helper training & leadership development sessions.
- Assist with orientation duties, including new student check-in, ESL testing support, campus tours, ice breaker activities, computer account help & one-on-one support at the Peer Helper Help Desk or upon request.
- Use skills from Peer Helper training to provide cultural adjustment support to new students.
- Be knowledgeable about campus and community resources and use this specialized knowledge and training to refer to appropriate resources where needed.
- Participate in International Education initiatives, including discussion groups, workshops, committees, festivals and events.
- Partake in campus and community events and encourage involvement of peers.
Rewards of Participating in the Peer Helper Program
- Receive valuable leadership skills and experiences to build your portfolio.
- Increase your network of friends and connections on campus.
- Become eligible for one of two $1,000 Peer Helper Scholarships.
- Make a difference on campus and in the experience of new students.
- Receive a Peer Helper T-Shirt, name tag and training package.
- Earn the Peer Helper Leadership Certificate and referrals / references upon successful completion of the program.
How to Apply
Peer Helper recruitment takes place in the Spring semester and selected students serve a minimum one year term as volunteer campus leaders. To be selected in the program, Peer Helpers demonstrate a commitment to personal leadership development, academic success and community engagement.
To be selected, students will be assessed based on their application and interview. Eligibilty requirements are:
- Must be currently enrolled in a full-time graduate, undergraduate, or upper-level English Language Centre Programs (Com 3/AP4/AP5).
- Must have completed at least one full semester of studies at VIU.
- Have at least 1 year of studies remaining (students in their last semester are not eligible).
- Must be in good academic standing in the previous semester (2.0 average or equivalent).
- Possess strong English communication skills.
- Intrigued by sharing cultural experience and about learning new perspectives.
Notice about Peer Helper recruitment is sent out to students via the campus newsletters (International Point of VIU, Compass), and is promoted through VIU Cultural Connections Facebook Page.
The application period for the 2018 Peer Helper Program is now open.
Applications forms are available at the main reception of Building 255 and at the link below. Completed forms must be submitted to reception by 4:00PM on January 29th.
Click here for the 2018 Peer Helper Application Form.
For more information, please contact Simon Schachner by email at email@example.com, phone (250) 740-6315 extension 2092 or Facebook at "Viu Simon"