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International Student Services

International Peer Mentoring

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We are pleased to offer International Peer Mentoring in partnership with the BCIT Student Association to help new international students transition to life at BCIT and make important social connections. See the information below if you may be interested in participating.

 

On this page:

  1. Overview
  2. Winter 2022 Schedule
  3. New student registration
  4. Volunteer to be a mentor

 

Program overview

International Peer Mentoring is a free peer-to-peer social support program that connects new international students starting their first term at BCIT with a mentor who is a continuing student in good academic standing. By registering as a mentee, you and up to 4 other new international students will be matched with an International Peer Mentor before your program starts and through the first two months of the term. Mentors will be able to share their perspective and knowledge of student life at BCIT and the Metro Vancouver area as well as to do their best to answer questions or refer mentees to appropriate resources. Your mentor will likely be a different nationality than you and taking a different program than you at BCIT.

This program is intended to provide:

  • Social connections and networking opportunities for all participants
  • Peer support and general information for new students
  • A valuable leadership opportunity for mentors

Winter 2022 program schedule

The components of this program for Winter 2022 will be blended (with some in-person and online activities). Access to a computer with an internet connection, microphone, and webcam will still be necessary for all participants. All times posted are local time in Vancouver (Pacific Time). 

 

New student registration

Registration is required, and spaces are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

We appreciate your interest! All mentor positions have been filled for the Winter 2022 term.

You may contact us at international.mentoring@bcit.ca if you plan to volunteer for the Fall 2022 term. We will be happy to share more information as soon as it becomes available.


Volunteer to be an International Peer Mentor

Continuing BCIT students in good academic standing are encouraged to apply to volunteer as International Peer Mentors. It is a unique opportunity to volunteer in a leadership role within the BCIT community and to make a real difference in the lives of new international students – all while having fun and enjoying fantastic benefits! Both international and domestic students are welcome to apply.

The total time commitment for mentors is estimated to be around 6-7 hours in total over the course of about 3 months. Upon successful completion of all mentoring duties, volunteers will receive a $30 gift card, an official letter of recognition from BCIT/BCITSA, and some complimentary BCIT gear.

Before applying, check the current program schedule and note that additionally all volunteer mentors are required to attend the International Peer Mentor Meet & Greet on Tuesday, December 14, from 10 am to 12 pm – local time in Vancouver (Pacific Time). The event will be in-person, and details will be provided to successful applicants.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you may apply by sending an email to international.mentoring@bcit.ca with:

  1. Your name
  2. Your BCIT student number
  3. A brief explanation of why you would like to serve as an International Peer Mentor (maximum 100 words)