Student support

Student support volunteer programs play an integral part of university life. It allows volunteers to help students who are settling into University or for international students to settle into Adelaide.

View the list below to see what volunteering opportunity interest you. Please note some of these roles are faculty/degree specific. Make sure you read the "Who can apply?" section of each role before applying.

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  • Health and Wellbeing Volunteer

    The Student Health & Wellbeing Volunteers Program is designed to support the work of the Student Health & Wellbeing Ambassadors by providing support for projects and events run to promote the health and wellbeing of their fellow students. Volunteers will be able to contribute in the following ways over the course of the academic year:

    • Event Support - help out on events across all three campuses, including Mental Health Awareness Week and University Mental Health Day
    • Resource Development - help us test and develop new resources, or help redevelop existing, health and wellbeing resources, including online resources

    Responsibilities

    In order to complete the program and be recognised for their contribution, volunteers must meet the following requirements:

    • Attend a compulsory training session
    • Provide an excellent customer service experience by behaving in a professional and enthusiastic manner at all events
    • Be punctual for shifts
    • Be reliable – turn up for every shift you sign up for or communicate with the event coordinator in advance if you can no longer attend so a replacement can be found
    • Contribute to at least one event or the development of one resource, including attending a briefing meeting where required

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be a current student who are respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and have the ability to work with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online student health and wellbeing volunteer application form or contact Ben Chandler at ben.chandler@adelaide.edu.au. Visit the student health and wellbeing website for more information.

  • 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' broaden 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.

  • Learning Enhancement Partner

    As a student volunteer, you will contribute insights from your unique experience as a University of Adelaide student through active partnerships with academic and professional staff to inform and enhance learning experiences.

    Responsibilities

    • Contribute your perspective through meaningful input into course design processes. Collaborate on learning and activity design, tool development, and student support needs
    • Co-create, test and provide feedback on newly-designed learning activities
    • Provide input into reviewing and testing MyUni functionality and new learning technologies
    • Participate in group workshops, individual activities and focus groups
    • Promote the inclusion of student voice in learning design and activity development through presentations and promotional activities

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be current University of Adelaide students who are more than 18 years of age. Personal attributes required are: excellent communications skills, confident English speaker, ability to work in a team, reliable, punctual and committed.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Thomas Crichton, Student Coordinator on thomas.crichton@adelaide.edu.au or visit the Learning Enhancement and Innovation website for further information.

  • Orientation Host (applications CLOSED)

    As a student host, your role is to provide a point of contact for new students during their transition to University. Student hosts will meet new students during O’Week to see how they are going and assist with any questions.

    Responsibilities may include

    • Conduct a campus tour for your allocated student group
    • Assist new students with any questions they may have about University life
    • Accompany your allocated student group on your Faculty Day
    • Complete an online induction and training session prior to O'Week

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be a current second year student or above with excellent communication skills who are respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and have the ability to engage with new students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Applications for Orientation Hosts are now closed and will open in late 2019. 

  • Peer Mentor for Faculty of Arts

    The Faculty of Arts Peer Mentoring Program supports first year students throughout the academic year as they transition into university life. Volunteer Peer Mentors will guide their allocated first year students through a series of events, workshops and activities focusing on academic and general university support. 

    Responsibilities

    • Provide relevant information to new students to assist them with transition into university life
    • Organise small group mentoring sessions
    • Attend events and activities

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be second year students or above with a minimum GPA of five, or gain recommendation from a Head of Discipline. Must have excellent communication skills, listening skills, ability to relate to a diverse group of people, reliable, punctual and be committed to the program for at least one semester.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the online arts peer mentor application form or visit the arts peer mentoring page for further information.

  • Peer Mentor for Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

    Health and Medical Sciences peer mentors assists new students successfully transition to university life by providing information and sharing experiences in a safe and supportive environment. A peer mentor will be expected to encourage new students to pursue goals, offer direction and support when required and promote the university in a positive manner.

    Responsibilities

    • Attend a compulsory mentor training session
    • Act professionally and ethically at all times
    • Show respect for people whatever their age, gender, abilities, social circumstances or cultural background
    • Keep commitments made with mentees for meetings/contact
    • Maintain open and timely communication with mentees
    • Maintain confidentiality

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be second year students or above in a Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences degree with a GPA of at least five or have a recommendation from their Academic Program Coordinator. Attributes for this role include: effective listening, encouraging open communication, interpersonal skills, positive attitude, understanding of cultural diversity, time management and knowledge of University facilities and services.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Julie Volpato, Student Development Officer at fhspeermentoring@adelaide.edu.au or visit the health peer mentoring page for further information.

  • Peer Mentor for Faculty of Sciences

    The Faculty of Sciences has established a student peer mentoring program to encourage student involvement within the faculty. This program provides current Faculty of Sciences students with the opportunity to share their experiences and advice with other Sciences students.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide assistance to the Learning and Teaching Team to deliver transition and engagement programs and activities
    • Provide relevant information to new students to assist their transition into University life
    • Organise small group mentoring sessions
    • Send emails to new students and contribute to the Faculty's social media

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be current Science students who have completed at least one Semester of study, with a minimum GPA of four. Must have excellent communication skills, ability to relate to a diverse group of people, be reliable, punctual and committed to the program for at least one semester.

    Does this position interest you?

    Please complete the sciences peer mentor application form or visit the sciences peer mentor page for more information.

  • Peer Mentor for International Students (applications CLOSED)

    The International Peer Mentor program is a great way to be a part of a dynamic team of students, where you can build on your skills and develop friendships while helping new and continuing students settle into their life and study at the University. 

    Responsibilities

    • Provide peer support and a student’s perspective of University life by sharing your experiences, challenges and insights
    • Attend compulsory induction, training and orientation preparation
    • Attend at least three to five shifts at the Welcome Centre, including the Victor Harbor Tour for new international students during O'Week
    • Attend eight out of 10 Friday morning teas
    • Attend four out of six Language and Cultural Engagement events

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must have completed one full Semester of study with a minimum GPA of five and have one or more semesters remaining before completing their degree. Must have high level communication skills, including cross-cultural sensitivity and active listening. Possess strong customer service skills, professionalism, be punctual and aware of boundaries. Work well in a team and have the ability to take initiative while adhering to policy and procedures.

    Does this position interest you?

    Applications for new Peer Mentors are now closed. Applications for 2020 Peer Mentors will open in late 2019. Please contact International Student Support if you have any further questions about this role. 

  • Peer Mentor for Writing Centre

    As a Student Mentor, you will contribute to the operations of the Writing Centre through one-on-one interactions with students who wish to use the Writing Centre service. By answering student questions at the ‘Quick Question’ desk at the front of the space, your work will improve the running of our Centre.

    Responsibilities

    • Answer students' referencing questions
    • Show and explain appropriate writing resources provided on our Writing Centre website
    • Serve as a peer mentor for new students by answering general study skills questions such as: What's a good strategy for cutting words in an assignment? How do you avoid procrastination? How do you use sources well in an assignment? Do outlines really work? This is my first time in the Writing Centre, how does this work?
    • Give advise based on your own experiences
    • Contribute to the smooth operation of the Writing Centre drop in service by handling the daily sign in process

    Who can apply?

    Applicants must be a current student with at least one semester remaining in their studies. Applicants should be respectful, professional, energetic, enthusiastic, punctual, reliable and have the ability to work with students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

    Does this position interest you?

    Please contact Rebekah Clarkson, Writing Centre Coordinator at rebekah.clarkson@adelaide.edu.au or visit the writing centre website for further information.

  • 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 public can volunteer for this position.

    Does this position interest you?

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