Peer Mentor Program
What is the Peer Mentor Program?
Lakehead International’s Peer Mentor Program pairs up experienced Lakehead students with a small yet diverse group of new international students (known as Mentees) to help ease their transition to life at Lakehead University, in our hometowns and Canadian culture.
In addition to supporting Mentees with their general information needs, referring them to the appropriate on-campus or off-campus resources, Mentors will also help promote and facilitate 3 Peer Mentor events organized by the Lakehead University International Student Services.
What does a Mentor do?
Peer Mentors have the responsibility to provide guidance, assistance, and social support for a small group of new international students over the course of the semester. They act as guides and friends to their students and work to ease their transition and orient them to their new academic and cultural environment. As a Peer Mentor, you will participate in activities like...
|Peer Mentors, where possible, will greet their Mentees when they arrive at the airport, to be the first face the new international student sees when they arrive in Canada.|
|Peer Mentors will facilitate socialization amongst their groups and provide ongoing advice and guidance to their Mentees. They will also encourage their students to participate in social events and activities organized by Lakehead University International office as well as events happening on-campus.|
|Initially, Peer Mentors will help their Mentees to become acquainted with the university campus and its services, as well as the various community, supports (banks, cell-phone companies, grocery stores, etc.).|
|Peer Mentors are also responsible for hosting and organizing an event or activity for their students twice a month. In the first month, there should be a once per week group meeting. In the second, third and fourth months, meetings can be bi-weekly.|
Frequently Asked Questions
|How do I apply?|
If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, you can complete a brief application in less than 5 minutes.
|What are the qualifications and requirements?|
Required Experience & Skills
|What are the benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor?|
|How much time do I need to commit?|
|The busiest time for a Peer Mentor will be the beginning of the semester, and responsibilities will gradually ease as new international students become increasingly accustomed to their new environment towards the end of the semester. The Peer Mentor position requires a commitment of approximately 2-3 hours per week. This time can be spent corresponding, or meeting with students over coffee, attending Peer Mentor events and providing general guidance.|
|Who should I contact in regard to Peer Mentor Program?|