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Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor Program helps new international students acclimate to Washington State University and the United States.

We invite both International and domestic students to be Peer Mentors. No international travel experience is necessary; all you need is a desire to help and willingness to learn.

Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the program.  We match mentors and mentees based on their academic level and degree program. Graduate students will be paired with incoming graduate students to assist with some of the challenges unique to this level of study, while undergraduate students will be paired with incoming undergraduate students.

The goal of the program is to assist international students in their personal, academic, social, and cultural adjustment to studying and living in the United States and at WSU. Peer Mentors help international students transition to life at WSU, provide helpful information, connect students to resources, and answer any questions students might have.

How Peer Mentoring Works

Each semester, Global Services will connect you with a group of incoming international students. Your job—your opportunity—is to learn about their culture, help them feel comfortable with American culture, and provide friendship and support throughout the semester.

A brief summary of what you will do:

  • Communicate regularly with your mentees via email, telephone, and other methods prior to their arrival in the United States or at WSU (if transferring from another U.S institution). This pre-arrival communication helps create a smooth transition for new students.
  • Meet your international mentees at New Student Orientation and guide them through parts of the orientation program.
  • Connect new students to resources on campus and in the community.
  • Plan informal gatherings with your mentees to spend time together.

Program Requirements

Peer Mentors must fulfill the following requirements (in addition to the activities listed above):

  • Attend the annual Peer Mentor training in April of each year
  • Maintain regular communication and contact with mentees during the semester
  • Attend monthly Peer Mentor meetings
  • Act responsibly and ethically in their communications and interactions with incoming international students, providing accurate and reliable advice and guidance to students

 

Program Benefits

The Peer Mentor Program offers a great opportunity for undergrads and grads to learn about a new culture, develop intercultural communication skills, and gain mentorship experience. Graduate schools around the world seek students and employees who demonstrate the ability to collaborate and mentor students from diverse backgrounds – the Peer Mentor Program is a fantastic way to develop those skills!

While this is an unpaid, volunteer position, we provide several training and professional development opportunities for mentors throughout the year. We also provide a great sense of community where you can meet students from all over the world and create lasting friendships. Please contact ip.intlservices@wsu.edu with any questions or ideas for collaboration. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply to Be a Peer Mentor!

Thank you for your interest in the Peer Mentor Program! Our application for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year is now closed. The next application cycle will take place in Spring 2021. If you would like to be notified of future recruitment events, please email ip.intlservices@wsu.edu and we will add you to our list.

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