By: Hammad Ahmed
The aim of theÂ International Student BuddyÂ Program is to provide assistanceÂ for a smooth transition intoÂ Canadian culture for newÂ International Students. ByÂ assisting these new students withÂ things likeÂ adapting to a newÂ country, culture, and environment,Â we aim to create a more relaxedÂ and hospitable atmosphere for theÂ new International Students.
The Buddy Program facilitatorsÂ workÂ on campus, off campus, and through social media everyday. These volunteers not only make friends through this programÂ butÂ also get a chance to learn about new cultures, new languages, sharpenÂ their skills, get valuable experience, discounts on different events happening on campus (including UPEISU events), certificates, and more.
This semester we are trying out a new concept called the Bi-Weekly Buddy. This Bi-Weekly Buddy programÂ willÂ recognizeÂ a pair of “buddies” who have doneÂ extraordinary work in the weeks before. I selectÂ theÂ Bi-Weekly buddy pair for the quality and quantity of time they spend with their buddy which is tracked through an attendance sheet that they fill in.Â
Shianna from Canada and Samantha from Mexico are the first pair to be the Bi-weekly Buddy.Â Only Buddy program members will be part of this program, so if you are interested in being a buddy program volunteer you canÂ learn more about International Buddy Program from our website at www.upei.ca/buddyprogram or E-mail me at email@example.com.
You can always be part of the UPEI International Buddy Program group soÂ join us for awesome activities this semester!