Peer Mentor Program
The International Student Support Peer Mentor Program is an award-winning program that has been running for over a decade.
This program allows participants to develop leadership skills and form long-term friendships, and it is often described as one of the most memorable highlights of student life by our current and past mentors.
- What Is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is a current student who volunteers their time to help new students settle into life in Adelaide and the University of Adelaide. All new students have to make adjustments to be successful at university. Mentors provide peer support and thus a student’s perspective of University life by sharing their experiences, challenges and insights.
Amy, Australia "I was attracted to the Peer Mentor program as I moved from my rural home town to Adelaide to live in student accommodation, my house mate was involved in the program, and she introduced me to the mentors. As I became settled into my house, uni, and the city, I became more and more interested in meeting people from other countries and learning about their backgrounds. I am really interested in teaching and helping other students to improve their language skills and settle into Adelaide just like I did, except I came from a rural town not from another country! I want to let the international students know that if they need help at any time they can approach me and ask questions, I am always happy to help in a casual and personal way."
Anh, Vietnam "Working as a member of ISS Peer Mentor teams gives me a great opportunity to experience multicultural and dynamic environment. Apart from communicating and helping out new students I explore and develop my leadership ability. More importantly, I really enjoy my volunteer time with the ISS Peer Mentor teams."
Daseul, South Korea "I still remember my first day at University, everything was new. It was the day that made my heart flutter but at the same time gave me the fear. It is like walking in a maze searching for the exit. I needed a hint and it was the peer mentors who guided me. Those amazing experiences in first year helped me to become a peer mentor. Meeting new people from the different cultures is the most exciting part of being a peer mentor. I love working as a team where we can gather and share different thoughts. I love to share my personal experiences with others, if that can help them. Being a peer mentor is not just helping others but also giving encouragement."
Diana, Australia/Mexico "Being a mentor is both the hardest thing you'll do and the most rewarding experience. You're not just part of a team, you are also part of a family. As a mentor I've made friends with amazing people that I know I can always rely upon... My team didn't let me down and took care of everything. I love to travel, I love food, and my tip for you: nothing happens in your comfort zone, so get out there and be amazing!"
- Who Are the Mentors?
The ISS Peer Mentors are a mix of local and international students working together to assist new students from the time they arrive in Adelaide, attend Orientation and throughout the semester. Meet the mentors.
- Peer Mentor Selection Criteria
The selection of mentors will be based on merit, availability, and via an online application submission. To be eligible to apply, you must satisfy the following criteria:
- Have completed one full semester at the University successfully with a Credit average (GPA of 5)
- Have 2 or more semesters remaining before completing your degree
- Attend an interview
- Be available for compulsory training and orientation preparation
- Be available for at least 3-5 shifts at the Welcome Centre including the Victor Harbor Tour for new international students.
- How to Apply
Applications for the Peer Mentor role are currently closed. Applications for the 2018 Peer Mentor program will open in late 2017.
If you have any questions about the Peer Mentor Program, please contact International Student Support.