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Enhancing Your Experience at Humber

Supporting your transition to a new culture, campus and local community.

Ease Your Transition

Are you an international student embarking on a new adventure at Humber? Connect is here for you, ready to ease your transition to a new culture, campus and community. Your mentors begin to support registered, first-semester students before you even arrive at our doors, and their guidance will continue throughout your time at Humber helping you navigate the system, access services and adapt to your new life in Canada. Humber Connect offers you the support you need, when you need it most!

What to Expect

Make friends. Expand your network. Be engaged.

You will be assigned to a welcome team and meet other international students through informal, personalized and friendly get-togethers. This will help you become familiar with our campus community and the Canadian classroom as well as integrate into a new social setting with the cultural support and information about student life at Humber you need.

Your welcome team will be comprised of an International Peer Mentor who is an upper year student, and a Staff Mentor who is a member of the Humber faculty, staff or administration. Between the two, they will have the experience and knowledge to help you make Humber your home away from home.

Continued Support

Connect will be there for you all year long. As questions arise, your Peer Mentors will be your contact people, helping you navigate both in and out of the Humber community and sharing information about other International Centre services and activities. You will meet in person at least twice a month at Connect events or other on-campus activities but you can reach out to your Welcome Team at any time — you decide what method of communication suits you best. From before you get to campus and throughout your stay at Humber, Connect is designed to facilitate the educational and Canadian experience you envision and to help you build the network you need to succeed and have fun!

Activities designed for when you need it most.

We offer many fun opportunities to get together within the first six weeks, and for the duration of the semester. 

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If you are a first semester student or a returning student to Humber who would like the support of a Welcome Team to ease your transition into a new living/learning environment, join Connect and experience first-hand Humber’s social life and hospitality!

Participation is Voluntary

Choose to opt-out of the program at any point during the adaptation process.

We encourage all students in their second semester or higher in a Humber Post-Secondary or Post-Graduate program to apply for a International Peer Mentor position at the International Centre. Successful applicants will be part of a team which we refer to as “The Welcome Team”.

Position Description

We are looking for caring, hardworking, and mature individuals who are willing to take a leadership role in our program. We offer a fun supportive environment, which will offer you the ability to increase your leadership skills. As an International Peer Mentor you will be required to meet, motivate and engage with new and/or returner international students to create a socially successful environment while assisting in assimilating students to life in Canada. All these experiences will enhance the development of your leadership skills, communication skills, and inter-personal skills; along with helping you reach your personal and professional goals. 

Benefits of the position: 

  • This position is an unpaid volunteer position however the benefits are rewarding.
  • Reference letter available to those students who meet the minimum program expectations, reference letters are awarded after completing a minimum of four months of Connect*. 
  • Ability to add volunteer experience to your resume
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Free admissions to select International Centre hosted events $25 and under**. 

*Only those International Peer Mentors who meet the minimum program expectations will receive the reference letter

** Only those International Peer Mentors who meet the minimum program expectations and register for events prior to the event being sold out will qualify to attend International Centre events under $25.00 for free.

Eligibility

This program is open to all full-time enrolled students that are in their second semester or higher who are in good academic-standing at Humber College. 

To be successful in this program we require you to commit to the following events:

  • Attend Leader Training
  • Initiate communication with Student Mentees
  • Volunteer at either International Welcome or International Meet and Greet
  • Volunteer at least two (2) additional Connect events during each term 
  • Meet with your Student Mentee at least two (2) times outside of any Connect organized event
  • Monthly communication to check-in with your student mentee, either via email/in-person/phone/social media.

In partnership with The Centre for Teaching and Learning, connect is a mentor program working both with faculty/admin/staff and student to ensure our first semester students are welcomed and well-adjusted to life at Humber.