International Peer Group

About the program

The International Peer Group (IPG) program helps new students studying in Canada to make friends, build connections, and have a great campus experience at NAIT. The program provides peer-to-peer connections to help reduce cultural transition stress for students new to studying in Canada.

Each peer group consists of 1 international peer mentor (IPM, a senior student volunteer) and 3 to 6 student mentees.

Want to get involved?

  • Students who are new to studying in Canada can join as student mentees.
  • Current students (both domestic and international) who have completed at least one semester of study at NAIT can join as volunteer peer mentors. 

Learn more about the program

Current NAIT students

Volunteer as a peer mentor

International peer mentors (IPMs) are current students who have completed at least one semester of study at NAIT and are committed to supporting students from outside of Canada in their cultural transition journey.

Benefits of volunteering as an IPM  

As an International Peer Mentor, you'll have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of students new to Canada. These students are looking for someone like you who understands what it's like to adjust to a new culture and educational system.  

Here's why you should consider volunteering: 

  • Help others: You'll be there to support fellow students as they navigate their cultural transition journey. Your guidance can make a big difference in their success at NAIT and in Canada. 

  • Make new friends: By volunteering, you'll get to meet and connect with students from all over the world. It's a great way to expand your social circle and learn about different cultures. 

  • Grow personally and professionally: Volunteering as a mentor isn't just about giving back – it's also about developing your own skills. You'll gain experience in leadership, communication, and understanding different cultures. Plus, you'll receive recognition on your official transcript for your volunteer work. 

  • Receive appreciation: At the end of your mentoring duties, you'll get a special thank-you gift and letter from NAIT to show their gratitude for your commitment to helping others. 

The International Peer Mentor volunteer application is now open! Apply to become a volunteer. Application is open until June 14, 2024. 

Learn more about how to be a Peer Mentor


Students who are new to Canada

Join an International Peer Group

Student mentees are new, first-year NAIT students who are new to studying in Canada. Student Mentees should commit to participating in group meetups and activities during the semester they have signed up for. Upon signing up for the program, student mentees will be matched with an IPM.

Duration: 1 semester 

Benefits for new students:

  • Have the opportunity to ask questions related to cultural adjustment to a senior year student and receive peer-to-peer advice from them.
  • Meet fellow students and make friends in your International Peer Group.
  • Develop a social support network around you as you start your academic journey at NAIT.
  • Increase your understanding of NAIT systems and awareness of NAIT student services.
  • Practice interpersonal skills and building a network for future opportunities!

 Key expectations of a mentee:

  1. Mentees are expected to commit to participating in 4 activities/meetups as a group.  

  2. Be proactive and engage in conversations with your group members!  

Please note that IPMs will not provide help with student coursework. Please visit Nimbus Learning, offered by the NAIT Students’ Association, for information on tutoring resources.

The Spring 2024 International Peer Group signup is now closed. Check back before Fall 2024 Term for updates.

 


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