Peer Helper - Peer Helper Program

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A Peer Helper is a student leader within the Faculty of International Education. The contribute to welcome events and socio-cultural programs that support and engage over international students.

Position Requirements

The Peer Helper Program provides leadership opportunities to Vancouver Island University students who are inspired to make positive contributions to our diverse campus community.

Peer Helpers work from the Faculty of International Education, and contribute to welcome events and socio-cultural programs. These activities support and connect over 2,000 international students with the larger student body and community.

Selected students serve a minimum one year term as volunteer campus leaders. To be selected in the program, Peer Helpers demonstrate a commitment to personal leadership development, academic success and community engagement.

Peer Helpers receive training to:

  • Build and develop their leadership skills, intercultural fluency skills, and team-building skills
  • Become familiar with campus services and resources to help refer peers when appropriate
  • Assist with planning and execution of orientation events, campus tours, workshops and social events

Sign-up Directions

Peer Helper recruitment takes place annually in the Spring semester.

Selected students will be asked to commit to the Peer Helper program for a minimum of 1 year.

To be selected, students will be assessed based on their application and interview.

Eligibilty requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a full-time graduate, undergraduate, or upper-level ESL program (Com 3/AP4/AP5)
  • Must have completed at least one full semester of studies at VIU
  • Must have at least 1 year of studies remaining (students in their last semester are not eligible)
  • Must be in good academic standing in the previous semester (2.0 average or equivalent)
  • Possess strong English communication skills
  • Be intrigued by sharing cultural experience and about learning new perspectives

For more information about the program, please visit the International Education Peer Helper program website, or contact