Social mentoring for international students

The International Student Buddy Program matches current students (Senior Buddies) with a small group of commencing international students (Junior Buddies) for a weekly chat over a free beverage. This is a safe and comfortable environment where you can ask questions about Griffith, life in Australia, as well as practise your English. It's also a great way to make friends!

Trimester 1, 2018

If you are an international student commencing in Trimester 1, 2018, apply to become a Junior Buddy. Our team will match you with a friendly current student who has volunteered their time to be your Senior Buddy and new friend. Your Buddy will meet with you once a week at a cafe on-campus to support your transition into Griffith University and life in Australia. Participants will receive a free hot or cold beverage at each meeting between Week 1 – 8. It is also a great opportunity to practise English in a safe, comfortable environment and make lifelong friends.

The program is free to join and open to all international full-degree, study abroad and exchange students at Griffith University.

Each Buddy Group is encouraged to meet six times between Week 1 (Monday 26 February) – Week 8 (Friday 4 May).

Applications close Friday 2 March 2018.

Apply to be a Junior Buddy in Trimester 1, 2018

If you are a current domestic or international student who has completed at least one trimester, apply to be a Senior Buddy. This leadership role will provide you with the opportunity to set up and welcome commencing international students to Griffith University and Australia. Our team will match you with a Junior Buddy and provide you with a set of beverage cards to redeem at your weekly meetings between Week 1 – 8. As a Senior Buddy, you will develop your leadership, communication and mentoring skills while playing a crucial role in helping new international students feel welcome and supported.

Senior Buddies who complete position requirements will receive professional mentor training (refer to detailed in application form), a digital program certificate and LinkedIn recommendation.

Each Buddy Group is encouraged to meet six times between Week 1 (Monday 26 February) – Week 8 (Friday 4 May).

Applications close Friday 9 February 2018.

Apply to be a Senior Buddy in Trimester 1, 2018

Trimester 2, 2018

If you are an international student commencing in Trimester 2, 2018 apply to become a Junior Buddy. Our team will match you with a friendly current student who has volunteered their time to be your Senior Buddy and new friend. Your Buddy will meet with you once a week at a cafe on campus to support your transition into Griffith University and life in Australia. Participants will receive a free hot or cold beverage at each meeting between Week 1 – 8. It is also a great opportunity to practise English in a safe, comfortable environment and make lifelong friends.

The program is free to join and open to all international full-degree, study abroad and exchange students at Griffith University.

Each Buddy Group is encouraged to meet six times between Week 1 (Monday 9 July) – Week 8 (Friday 31 August).

Applications close Friday 13 July 2018.

Apply to be a Junior Buddy in Trimester 2, 2018

If you are a current domestic or international student who has completed at least one trimester, apply to be a Senior Buddy. This leadership role will provide you with the opportunity to set up and welcome commencing international students to Griffith University and Australia. Our team will match you with a Junior Buddy and provide you with a set of beverage cards to redeem at your weekly meetings between Week 1 - 8. As a Senior Buddy you will develop your leadership, communication and mentoring skills while playing a crucial role in helping new international students feel welcome and supported.

Senior Buddies who complete position requirements will receive professional mentor training, a digital program certificate and LinkedIn recommendation.

Each Buddy Group is encouraged to meet six times between Week 2 (Monday 9 July) – Week 8 (Friday 31 August).

Applications close Friday 22 June 2018.

Apply to be a Senior Buddy in Trimester 2, 2018

This program is very helpful for new international students. We can talk with current Griffith students and also meet other international students. It's good opportunity to get to know Australian culture and make friends. Thanks to this program, I really enjoyed my first few weeks at Griffith University.

Yumi, Junior Buddy

I joined the International Student Buddy Program because I enjoy volunteering and having been an international student myself I know how daunting moving to a new country can be. I wanted to help new students feel welcome but the program turned out to be more than that, I made some new friends and learned about some new cultures. Such a rewarding experience all round.

Shauni, Senior Buddy

Being a Senior Buddy is incredibly rewarding. You can walk away with the knowledge that you actually made somebody's transition to university easier, plus you make amazing friends and often learn things from your buddies too.

Hayley, Senior Buddy

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