Peer advising has a low time commitment and is perfect for students who have a busy schedule!
Even with the small time commitment each month, your participation can still have a big impact on spreading the word about study abroad to prospective students. Usually the time commitment for a peer advisor is on average only 5 hours a month. As a peer advisor, you will be expected to participate in the following*:
- Orientation & Training: Once accepted into the program, you'll attend a mandatory orientation and training where you will be able to meet the other Peer Advisors, learn more about the requirements of the program, and receive training on how to advise on study abroad.
- Monthly Meetings: Throughout the course of the Peer Advisor program, you'll attend monthly meetings (approximately 1-2 meetings per month), to reflect on past events, plan new events in order to promote study abroad and receive further training on advising and recruiting.
- Communication: Peer Advisors exchange emails and potentially meet with prospective study abroad students, answering questions pertaining to the country and your experience abroad. Your contact information and picture will be featured on the OEA website. Peer advisors will then be expected to answer questions from students who may reach out to you in a timely manner and encourage perspective students using the knowledge you gained on your travels. Face to face meet ups can also be a great way to share your passion in a more personal way (but this is completely optional).
- Events: Peer advisors participate in two campus events a month (six total for the semester). These events can include tabling in the student union, attending the International Speaker Series, International Coffee Hours, and pre-approved campus or internationally themed events or presentations around campus. The Office of Education Abroad will also need the support of the Peer Advisors for many of the events the office sponsors including the Study Abroad Fair, EXPLORE (high school students interested in UNC Charlotte), Admitted Students Day, International Education Week events, and more. Students will know who are are by your NinerInterNational t-shirt. Having study abroad alumni in person to answer questions can be a huge help to spread the word about studying abroad and increase awareness about the OEA department.
- Social Media: Peer advisors are expected to be active on social media at least once every two weeks to expand the reach of the department’s online presence. Sharing OEA Facebook posts to your personal feed and participating in internationally Themed photo hashtag campaigns on Instagram (or other social media platforms) helps expand the audience to people that may not have considered study abroad.
*All information is subject to change