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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.  

Why volunteer?

  • 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.


Mentor training

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.

To apply

Applications open in January, with mentoring commencing at the beginning of the academic year.