Peer Volunteer Program for International Students
MSU Peer Volunteer program for International Students was created to assist new international students in adapting to their new environment and the U.S. academic system.
Our Peer Volunteer network is comprised of current international and domestic students who are interested in providing guidance, resources, and support to new international students.
If you are a current MSU student and are interested in being a volunteer, here is more information on how to become a Peer Volunteer for International Students:
MSU Peer Volunteer program for Student Volunteers
The Peer Volunteer program was created to assist incoming international students in adapting to a new environment and to a different academic system. The program is intended to increase cross-cultural experiences both for volunteers and new international students.
As a Peer Volunteer, you will go through a one-day training at MSU, where you will learn about cross cultural communication, group dynamics and team management. You will be the direct contact person for a group of 2-5 new international students. You will be a leader in an intercultural context, and will support new international students with your knowledge and your experience at MSU.
Time Commitment: This is a two-semester commitment. You are applying for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
- One-day training in April 2013 (exact date to be confirmed).
- Hours spent communicating with students through emails before they arrive on campus will depend on their individual needs. However, we expect that you might receive (2-4) emails in the few weeks before a student arrives for each semester.
- Approximately 10 hours during the first week of class (including attendance to the international student orientation) for each semester. Orientation dates are August 26, 2013 for the fall semester and January 13, 2014 for the spring semester.
- 2-4 hours per week for the following weeks until the end of September during the Fall semester; or the beginning of February during Spring semester.
Benefits to you:
- You will receive a Training Certificate and a Peer Volunteer T-shirt at the end of the Peer Volunteer Program Training.
- Peer Volunteer Reference Letter from the Office of International Programs Staff upon request, which can be helpful in future job searches.
- Time volunteered will count towards MSU Student Engagement Honor Roll recognition (click here for more information)
- Professional & personal experience, and great resume builder.
- Opportunities to learn about other cultures.
- Participation in the Peer Volunteer Program Training (end of April, 2013- exact date to be confirmed).
- Contact new international students via email and answer questions.
- Participation in the International Student Orientations (August 26, 2013 for the fall semester, and January 13, 2014 for the spring semester).
- Be available to your assigned “peers” a minimum of 3 hours per week until the end of September
- Complete the Academic Year Fall 2013-Spring 2014 International Peer Volunteer application by Monday, April 22, 2013. For returning peer volunteers from prior years, complete the Academic Year Fall 2013-Spring 2014 Returning Peer Volunteer application by the same deadline.
- Have the recommendation form completed by someone who has been in a supervisory role for one of your previous work or volunteer experiences. (Recommendation forms are not required for returning peer volunteers). If you do not have previous work experience, you may submit a recommendation from an Academic Advisor or professor.
- If selected as a Peer Volunteer, you will be contacted for an interview in mid April 2013.
- The Peer Volunteer Training this year will be end of April, 2013 (exact date to be confirmed) in the Multicultural Centre.
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If you are a new international student at Minot State University, here is more information about the Peer Volunteer Program for International Students:
Peer Volunteer program for New International Students
MSU Peer Volunteer program is designed to help you adapt to your new environment and the U.S. academic system. The program is an integral part of welcoming new international students to the Minot State University campus. Our Peer Volunteers are a mix of current international and domestic students. They will help you settle in and adjust to your student life at Minot State University.
The program is available to all international undergraduate and graduate students, and is a great way to get to know other students. If you are interested in being matched with a Peer Volunteer, let the International Student Coordinator know, after you have been fully admitted at MSU.
Prior to your arrival, you will receive an email from your Peer Volunteer. You will be able to ask questions about living in Minot, housing, class registration and more. Your Peer Volunteer will be able to offer advice based on their own experience at MSU. Please keep in mind that our Volunteers are going to help you out for general questions and basic advice, and they will not be able to pick you up from the airport or take you on road trips. You should also recognize
that some questions (paperwork, campus policies, housing applications, etc.) would be more appropriately addressed to an MSU administrative office.
If you have questions about this program, please contact Virginie Vournas at: email@example.com