Buddy Program

Buddy Program

Buddy Program

Need help, buddy?

The Macquarie University Buddy Program provides students with support and a point of contact to assist their transition into Macquarie University.

It delivers ongoing social and geographic support to students through peer relationships. Supported by a group of Buddy Team Leaders, the Buddies act as a peer support network to provide new and ongoing students with a safe and supportive environment.

There are many events that happen throughout the semester which includes airport pickups, campus tours, sightseeing and local tours and many more social events and activities.

Buddies are a group of support network that act as a transition agent to new international and local students. They facilitate events to allow the students to make new friends, learn to navigate Sydney, create fun memories, learn Australian culture and develop communication skills. Moreover, buddies are an integral part for new international students to guide and support their time at Macquarie University and Sydney.

Supported by a group of Buddy Team Leaders, as a Buddy you will be responsible for providing students with a safe and supportive environment. You will get the opportunity to help the students by:

  • Teaching them about the Australian culture 
  • Providing handy tips on how to navigate Sydney 
  • Facilitating opportunities for students to feel welcome at Macquarie University and connect with each other

You not only get to share your well gathered knowledge on Australia, but  you will also be involved in meeting students at the airport, participating in formal and informal events, activities and trips on and off campus throughout the semester.

The Buddy Program is an unpaid volunteer opportunity. The time commitment that is required for the Buddy Program is 20 hours during the orientation and semester. This is made up of a series of compulsory events and extra participation events such as O-week stall and marketing opportunities.

As a Buddy, you will need to have the skills and to take the time to develop a positive relationship with the students to encourage open communication. This relationship should be thoughtful, non-judgemental, respectful and consistent with the core values of Campus Life.

Aim of the Buddy Program: 

  • Encourage a sense of belonging and community within Macquarie University for new and ongoing students (with a focus on International)
  • Welcome new international students to Australia
  • Deliver ongoing social and geographic support to International students through peer relationships
  • Increase knowledge, awareness, and accessibility of the various university services

Purpose of the Role

Buddies are part of the student peer support network who guide and support International students, welcoming them to Australia, Sydney, and Macquarie University. 

Buddies are responsible for providing students with a safe and supportive environment.  They encourage learning about Australian culture; provide handy tips on how to navigate Sydney; and facilitate opportunities for students to feel welcome at Macquarie University and connect with each other.  Buddy involvement ranges from meeting students at the airport; participating in formal and informal events, activities and trips on and off campus, throughout semester.

They will need to take the time to develop a positive relationship with students to encourage open communication.  This relationship should be thoughtful, non-judgemental, respectful, and consistent with the core values of Campus Life.

Roles involved

  1. Airport pickups
  2. Orientate new international students to Australian culture (incl. Understanding of Sydney Transport system)
  3. Sydney sights and tours
  4. Day trips to Sydney and NSW main tourist attractions
  5. Guide new students through Sydney's main tourist attractions
  6. Social events and activities
  7. Facilitate on-campus social activities

Responsibilities

Buddies are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities.

  1. Adhere to the Buddy Program Code of Ethics
  2. Promote values that reflect those of Campus Life
  3. Engage and participate in the compulsory events (listed below)
  4. Provide support and guidance to new International students throughout the Program,
  5. Contribute to the evaluation of the Buddy Program through the role.

Reporting relationship

Buddies will be supported by a group of Buddy Team Leaders, who in turn report to Campus Engagement staff.  Team Leaders will undertake the development, coordination and deployment of Buddy Training and the International Orientation period. 

Selection Criteria

Essential criteria:

  1. Effective oral communication skills
  2. Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
  3. Established non-judgemental, respectful and empathetic behaviour
  4. Interest in international student experiences and cross-cultural activities

Desirable criteria:

  1. Demonstrated ability to be assertive and maintain appropriate boundaries.
  2. Ability to engage students through initiating and maintaining conversation.
  3. Effectively communicate and empathise with people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Ability to be assertive in challenging situations.
  5. Ability to build a good rapport with students and staff and answer questions patiently
  6. Interest in self-directed learning and personal development.
  7. Awareness of global affairs
  8. Ability to foster positive relationships between students.

Role requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Be over 18 years of age
  2. Have completed one full Session of study through Macquarie University
  3. Be enrolled in Session 1, 2017

Application deadline

Buddy applications for the Session 1, 2017 will open shortly. Please follow updates on the Facebook page and on MacSync.

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Contact us

p | (02) 9850 6901
e | buddies@mq.edu.au

or pop into the Student HQ office, located Level One, Campus Hub Building, C10A.

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