The Connect Buddy Program is an initiative organized by the International Centre to literally connect new international students with a ‘buddy’ at Humber. The buddy is someone who has studied at Humber for a semester or more and has experienced first-hand the challenges you face not only as a new student in post-secondary education, but more importantly as an international student integrating into the Canadian society.
For buddy Alok Khant, the Connect Buddy Program left a lasting impression:
“Being a senior connect buddy for almost a year now I have come across many wonderful faces and empowering people. The nature of this friendly and open minded people gives a feeling of a family away from home. It has played an extraordinary role by providing me with a fun and a lifetime experience in this journey of life. It gives me pleasure to admit that I was a part of this enthusiastic and energetic environment.”
Another buddy, Pan, explains how the experience allowed him to grow as a person:
“I was lucky to be recruited as a Senior Buddy of Buddy Program. I have volunteered all Connect Buddy Program events as well as the International Orientation for Winter 2015 so far, and every event was interesting. Moreover, there are always something valuable such as new friends, the knowledge of diverse cultures, the improvement of communications skills, and so forth I can obtain. Further, my life becomes more meaningful because I can help other students get involved by means of sharing my experience.”
The International Centre regularly hosts networking events where students and their buddy can meet other students and buddies, and so the network grows: from a single international student, alone in a new country, to a family of international students forging long-lasting friendships and memories for life!