Student Support

Student support volunteer programs are an integral part of students' university life.

Student support volunteers can make a real difference to the quality of life of new students who are settling into University, by way of mentoring them or helping international students to settle into their life in Adelaide.

Below is a comprehensive list of student support volunteering opportunities available for alumni. Make sure you read the 'Who can apply?' section of each role before applying.

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  • Career Mentor to students

    Do you remember what it was like to start your first job out of University? The challenges, the highlights and the lessons learned since then. This is your chance to share that knowledge. Help students prepare for their career – be a career mentor.

    Responsibilities

    Your role will be to facilitate the development of your mentees, based on their needs, by acting as a resource, adviser or coach based on their needs. Participation is based on both your availability and students' requirements.

    Who can apply?

    We welcome expressions of interest from all industry professionals, of all experience areas, levels and personal backgrounds. You can be based in Adelaide, interstate or overseas. You do not have to be an alumnus of the University to be involved.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Martin Basics, Mentoring Project Officer at martin.basics@adelaide.edu.au or visit the mentoring website for further information.

  • Communication role-play for Dental Patient Volunteer Program

    With the Adelaide Dental School Volunteer Patient Program, volunteers help the University's dental and oral hygiene/therapy students learn the essential skill of effective patient communication. This program is part of the communication skills course for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health degrees. There’s no dental treatment involved and previous acting experience is not required.

    Responsibilities

    • participate in communication role-plays
    • attend training and induction sessions
    • adhere to the University's Volunteer Policy and Procedures

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members if the general public, who have an interest in supporting students. Applicants must have excellent communication skills, and be reliable, punctual and committed. Please note information and training sessions are held in late July, and teaching sessions run in August, September and October. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, generally from 12.45 pm – 4.00 pm, although occasionally sessions may end at 5.00 pm.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Dental School Volunteer Patient Program Coordinator Vicki Skinner vicki.skinner@adelaide.edu.au (please note that Vicki's office days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

  • International Student Support: Intercultural Program Volunteer

    To act as a leader and chaperone to international students studying at the University of Adelaide’s English Language Centre (ELC).

    Responsibilities

    • Must be in attendance with students throughout the duration of an event or activity
    • Ensure students arrive at the specified location on time, through the appropriate transportation
    • Enrich students' experience through knowledge of an event, activity or location
    • Answer questions to help broaden students' broader cross-cultural understanding
    • Engage the students in conversation in English 
    • Ensure students return safely to the designated location upon completion of an event or activity
    • Be reliable and commit, when indicated, to the duties and times required

    Who can apply?

    Applicants can be students, alumni, staff or members of the public with a good standard of spoken English, a clear voice and good listening skills. Knowledge of local area and attractions is beneficial. An ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the intercultural program volunteer application form or contact Hung Dao, ELC Student Services Officer at elc@adelaide.edu.au 

  • International Student Support: Talking with Aussies volunteer

    The Talking With Aussies program helps international students improve their conversational English skills. Volunteers come from a range of age groups and backgrounds, and include students, retirees and working professionals.

    Responsibilities

    • To meet with students on a regular basis (approximately one hour per week)
    • To foster students’ language development, for example: communicating with confidence, pronunciation, and Aussie slang. This will be of a general nature; the program is not a tutoring or editing service
    • To engage in a range of conversation topics which may help the student become more familiar with local customs and culture

    Who can apply?

    Applicants should have the ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and age groups with a patient and friendly manner. Students, staff, alumni and members of the general public can volunteer for this position.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the talking with aussies application form or contact Jane Turner Goldsmith, Programme Coordinator at twa@adelaide.edu.au.