Thursday, January 11, 2018

Volunteer Position: International Student Peer Mentor - North Campus


Connect is currently seeking volunteers at the North Campus for the role of International Peer Mentors for the Winter 2018 semester.

Connect is a peer mentorship program that supports first semester international students as they transition. Connect provides a welcome team for new international students by creating an opportunity for students to connect with an International Peer Mentor (Returning Student) and a Staff Mentor (Faculty/Staff/Admin person). Welcome Teams are familiar with the Humber campus, services, and local community; will help new students become more familiar with a new culture, a new academic setting by providing cultural support and information about student life at Humber.

International Peer Mentors will be assigned a group of international peer mentees.  Mentors are responsible for:
  • Contacting their mentees within the two weeks prior to the start of the semester, either via chat, email, or phone call.  Mentors will be responsible for initial introductions, answering questions about the Humber community, providing support to new students prior to their arrival, and maintaining regular contact and building relationships with their mentees.
  • Update mentees on Connect, International Centre and campus events.
  • Encourage participation in the Passport to Success program and other campus resources that promote academic success and social development
  • Assisting with Connect events and workshops, this will include attending Connect events, marketing and communications of events, planning and implementing of Connect events and workshops for the semester.
  • Build team spirit amongst mentees, other mentors and international student ambassadors


International Peer Mentors will be required to commit eight hours per month to the program, with most of the hours being contributed the first two weeks prior to the start of classes and two weeks after classes start.

In addition to the above to be successful in this program we require you to commit to the following events:

  • Initiate communication with Student Mentees
  • Volunteer at  either International Orientation- or International Meet and Greet
  • Volunteer at least twice to  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.
  • International Orientation – January 26th 10am to 3pm
  • International Student Centre Drop-In Welcome Event
  • International Meet and Greet
  • Connect Mix and Mingle

Plus many other events and workshops:
  •  Canadian Pop-Culture
  •  Finding Your First Canadian Job
  • How to Succeed in your exams: Answering Multiple Choice
  • Getting to Know Your Canadian Classmates
  • International Café
  • Succeeding in your first assignment
  • Language Café
  • Holiday event- Gingerbread house building

Connect activities are specially designed to target students when they need it most, i.e. prior to arrival and the first few weeks of your first semester. We offer many fun and learning opportunities to get together within the first six weeks of the semester and additional events for the remainder of the semester.

International Peer Mentors are students in their second semester or higher in a Humber post-secondary or post-graduate programs who are maintaining good academic standing.  Peer Mentors are caring, hardworking and mature individuals who are willing to take a leadership role in the program.

International Peer Mentors are student leaders within the campus community. The program allows peer mentors to develop their leadership skills, communication skills, inter-personal skills along with opportunities to assist in the planning of Connect events, marketing and communication of the program, workshop facilitation and many other skills.

International Peer Mentors are unpaid volunteer positions for the entire semester however the benefits are rewarding. International Peer Mentors who meet the minimum program expectations are eligible to attend International Centre events that are $25.00 and under free of charge (Peer Mentors must also register for the events they wish to attend prior to the event being sold out).


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, January 15th, 2018 – 10am

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year! Hold onto those resolutions!

The new year brings a whole world of new possibilities, chances of committing to new goals, and all those promises of doing things differently, like not to postpone studying to binge watch that new show on Netflix, to eat healthier, to exercise, and even to spend less time on social media.

Faster than we write our new year resolutions, and feel that sense of accomplishment, even faster we tend to forget them, and according to FranklinCovey, a time management firm, one third of the resolutioners will be frustrated before the end of January.

In this post we are going to focus in a well-known concept of project management, which is the SMART goals concept. This concept will help you develop and keep your new year's resolutions, and if you want to learn more about it, go to the original post of the New York Times, from where we derived this post, just click here.

Specific: That means that your goal, should be as specific as possible. For example, instead of a goal that says “I want to lose weight”, the goal should be “I want to lose 5 pounds in two months”, that directly relate to the next SMART concept.

Measurable: Like in the example above, when talking about weight loss goals, it is easy to measure your progress, you just have to use a scale, but all your goals should be able to be measured one way or another. For example, if you are committing to stop smoking, count the number of cigarettes you smoke in a day, and try to reduce that number every day. Keep a journal of your progress.

Achievable: By thinking about your goals as achievable, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be long term goals, like saving money for retirement. It just has to be reasonable relative to the amount of time you set to achieve that goal. For example, saving money for retirement is not a one year goal, but putting aside $100 dollar every month can turn into an amazing vacation trip by the end of the year.

Relevant: Your goal is only going to last past the one month mark if on top of all other things, it is relevant to you. If any of your goals are related to what you think society wants you to be, or your family thinks is best for you, or if they are fed by anger, remorse or jealousy, then they probably won’t last long. This is the moment to think about what you want to change in your life, not what the media or your friends tell you. Look inside and find that relevant change you want to see in your life.

Time-bound: Time-bound means that your goal should be realistic. Be honest about the amount of time you are going to dedicate in fulfilling your goals, trace a plan, put first-things first and go ahead. Remember that when trying to create a habit, like planning your budget monthly, or stopping a bad habit like smoking “you’re planning for the next decade, not the next couple of months.” like said by Charles Duhigg, the writer of “The Power of Habit”

Happy New Year from the International Centre and keep those resolutions!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

International Student Ambassador job posting - North Campus

We are looking for candidates who have a strong work ethic and are self motivated.  An International Student Ambassador is a very important part of the Humber International Team; successful candidates will demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm needed to ensure future students’ success.  

North & Lakeshore Ambassadors at Leadership Training in August 2016.
Benefits of being an International Student Ambassador
Help others make connections to the college
Develop valuable work experience for your career portfolio
Be looked at as a leader and mentor in the Humber International community

Currently enrolled and in good academic standing
Full-time North Campus Student (with at least 2 full semesters still remaining here at Humber – 1st semester students are encouraged to apply)
Motivated self-starter
Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
Skills in other languages are highly desired
Strong leadership and mentorship skills
Comfortable working in a flexible environment
Experience with social media, writing/blogging, photography, videography, graphic design, event planning/execution and/or marketing and community outreach are considered assets for this role.

General Responsibilities
Must attend ALL required training sessions 
Must be available during Orientation Week (May 2018 and Sept. 2018)
Attend student trips and activities
Perform airport pick-ups
General office duties (75% of Job Responsibilities)
Available for special International Projects (International Education Week, etc.)
Work with International Centre Team members on social media initiatives
If you are an enthusiastic leader, motivated self-starter and excited about this job opportunity, please forward your resume, cover letter and one showcase piece (e.g., photographs, videos, poster design, or blog) to Matthew Keefe.

Matthew Keefe
International Student Advisor
Humber College (North Campus, 2nd Floor in the LRC Building)
The deadline to have your resume, cover letter, and showcase piece submitted (by email) is Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

International Student Ambassadors & International Student Advisors at the 2016 Holiday Dinner