U@UNSW Peer Mentors
The U@UNSW Peer Mentoring program is designed to help new students who’ve come through the U@UNSW program to settle into university life. Your role as a Peer Mentor is to connect with first year students on a weekly basis to provide support, guidance, advice and information about UNSW and student life.
- help first year students settle in to university
- increase your social and professional networks
- gain experience in working with young people
- develop leadership and communication skills
- qualify for the UNSW Advantage Program
Who should apply
If you’ve participated in a U@UNSW program while at high school or attended a school we currently partner with, then you’ll make an ideal U@UNSW Peer Mentor. You must be a current UNSW student, self-motivated, friendly and enthusiastic about helping young people.
All Peer Mentor volunteers must attend a one-day training program conducted by UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). You must commit to mentoring for the duration of the program (i.e. one semester) and volunteer 1-2 hours per week as a mentor.
Training will enable you to:
- learn about the wide range of support services available on and off campus
- actively listen to students to gain their trust
- learn how to support students who experience hardships
- provide appropriate guidance and advice to students in relation to university life
- refer students to appropriate people or services for support.
Applications open in January, with mentoring commencing at the beginning of the academic year.