Apply to Become a Cultural Mentor

Use your knowledge and experience as a senior UNSW student (local or international) to help newly arrived international students adjust and feel at home in their new environment.

Cultural Mentors are students who provide valuable support and advice to commencing international students. Cultural Mentors are provided with training and the opportunity to develop communication, organization, and interpersonal skills. Being a Cultural Mentor is a rewarding role and a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, get involved in fun activities, and contribute to the successful transition of new students at UNSW. This opportunity is approved by UNSW Advantage as being eligible to appear on your AHEGS.

Application for T3 is now open!


Application opens: Wednesday 14 July 2021

Application closes: Thursday 5 August 2021

Online Interviews/Group Activity

Wednesday 25 August, Thursday 26 August, and Monday 30 August 2021

Compulsory Cultural Mentor Training Dates:

Training 1- Central Peer Support Training (Flexible dates)

Training 2- Cultural Mentor Training (TBC: Friday 3 September 2021)

What do you get for being a Cultural Mentor?

  • A rewarding experience to help new international students grow and thrive under your guidance and mentorship, 

  • A chance to learn about different cultures while interacting with international students and facilitating workshops, 

  • An opportunity for a deeper connection with the wider UNSW community supported by networking and co-facilitating with internal stakeholders for events during orientation week and throughout the term, 

  • A sense of belonging built by creating and facilitating a safe and supportive community together with the students and other Mentors 

  • An opportunity to improve your interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership skills and have your work recognized on your AHEGs. 

What are some of the roles and responsibilities?

Interested in the program but want to find out more before committing?

Watch this short 15 mins Information Session to find out more!

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What is the application process?

This program is open for both local and international students, onshore and offshore.

You will be asked to provide information about yourself along with the following questions:

  • How would you describe yourself as a person?
  • What does being a Cultural Mentor mean to you? What would you like to achieve through this program?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge(s) for international students, and how would you help them to overcome the challenge(s)?
  • Have you been involved in any mentoring or volunteering programs before? Can you tell us a bit about the program and your role in the program?
  • Please write an introductory email to a new UNSW student, imagining you have been matched as this student’s Cultural Mentor.

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