Peer Mentor Program

What is the Peer Mentor Program?


A group of Peer Mentors exploring the Thunder Bay campus.

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...

Airport Arrival
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.
Social Events
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.
Community Familiarization
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.).
Group Meetings
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.

Thunder Bay Application

Orillia Application

What are the qualifications and requirements?

Required Qualifications

  • Must have attended Lakehead University for at least two academic semesters.
  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at Lakehead University.
  • Must be able to meet the minimum time requirements throughout the entire semester.

Required Experience & Skills

  • Has a comprehensive understanding of international students and cultural differences, and shows a strong willingness to help.
  • Exhibits excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrates a strong familiarity with the Lakehead University campus as well as with resources in the local community.
  • Has a friendly, outgoing, and warm personality.
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities and/or on-campus clubs and organizations.
What are the benefits of becoming a Peer Mentor?
  • Opportunity to meet and make friends from around the world.
  • Opportunity to learn about different cultures by interacting with Peer Mentees who come from diverse countries and cultures.
  • Have their Peer Mentor volunteer experience recorded in their co-curricular record.
  • Mentors will receive an appreciation certificate at the end of the program recognizing their contribution to helping new international students transition to life in Canada.
  • Mentors will receive an honorarium once they successfully carry out their responsibilities as a mentor.
  • Mentors can take part in fun trips to local attractions and awesome events offered exclusively as part of the Peer Mentor program.
  • Mentors get the opportunity to help new international students transition to life in Canada, their local Ontario communities, and Lakehead in particular.
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?

Orillia 

Jackie Beres
International Engagement Specialist
Lakehead University - International
jberes@lakeheadu.ca
(705) 330-4010 ext. 2141

Thunder Bay 

Vijay Babu
International Student Advisor
Lakehead University - International Student Services
vbabu@lakeheadu.ca
(807) 343 - 8010 ext. 7889