International & Exchange  Student CentreWestern International

Become a Peer Guide



Peer Guide (PG) Position Description 2018-2019


80 Peer Guide positions available


To assist newly arrived international students in their orientation and adjustment to the Canadian culture and the university community.


5 hours/week on average; heavier time demands during Orientation Week and the month of September (approximately 10 hours/week).

The program runs from the end of August (Orientation Week) to December, with the opportunity to continue in the winter term.


Approximately 3 days (see below for details). Volunteers must be available to attend all of the training dates.
Team meetings: 7 hours approximately during the fall term.


  1. Welcome and assist new international (Undergraduate and Graduate) and exchange students in their adjustment, orientation, and transition to Western and the Canadian way of life.
  2. Actively participate in and assist with International Student Orientation Events.
  3. Act as a guide, resource person, and peer support to a group of 6-8 international students. (Peer Guides in a graduate program will be matched with 3-4 international students.)
  4. Meet and maintain regular contact (i.e., at least once a week in September) with individuals in your peer group to ensure they are transitioning well and to facilitate connection and belonging.
  5. Facilitate access to programs, services and resources by providing international peers with information on campus and city resources, student activities, services, etc. Encourage use of services and involvement in activities.
  6. Attend functions organized for all groups. (There are several events throughout September and 2-4 events per month for the remainder of the term.)
  7. Organize regular monthly activities/meetings with your own peers on an individual basis and as a group.
  8. Assist in staffing the International and Exchange Student Centre "Help Desk" during the allocated Peer Drop-In hours (1 hour/week). This entails welcoming and assisting international students who visit the centre.
  9. Attend training, staff meetings, and midterm progress review.
  10. Discuss any questions, difficulties, or concerns with your supervisor and/or Team Leader.
  11. Complete Western's Online Health and Safety training courses (see below for details).
  12. Complete and submit Peer Guide log forms on a weekly basis and a year-end program evaluation.

Desired Qualifications:

We are looking for responsible, mature individuals who can demonstrate the following:


Mandatory Training:

Volunteers must be able to attend all training sessions.

How to Apply:

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Application for NEW volunteers

(you have never volunteered with International Peer Connection (IPC) Program)

Application for RETURNING Peer Guides

(you have volunteered as a Peer Guide with IESC in a previous year)

Note: If you have problem using the online application, please download the paper application form and email your completed application to

Peer Guide interviews will be scheduled from February 7 to March 16, 2018. Due to the large number of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by telephone by Friday, March 16, 2018 to schedule an interview. Final selections will be based on applications and interviews.

Questions? Contact us at 519-661-2111 ext. 89309 or send an email to for further information.