Peer Support
We are currently recruiting OUSA Peer Supporters, International Peer Supporters and Queer Support Volunteers! If you enjoy helping others, fill out this form below!

Applications close 5pm Thursday 26th April.

The Peer Support Programme is a voluntary assistance program, which is designed to assist you with any concerns you have regarding your personal or study life. Peer Supporters offer support based on the principals of listening, sharing experiences and having an equal relationship rather than providing expert or clinical advice.

Peer Support involves emotional support. The reason for this emotional support will depend on the students situation, some examples include questioning ones gender and/or sexuality, homesickness, stress caused by study workload, difficulty making friends and/or socialising, a personal or professional crisis.

Some of the benefits of peer support include, feeling more comfortable in a new environment, an increased sense of belonging to the student body, feeling supported and able to ask for help.

There are unique experiences that only international students can understand, and sometimes those experiences can be tough. Sometimes just talking to someone who has gone through similar situation as you can make it so much better. If you want to support fellow international students and make Otago a more comfortable place for them, it's your chance to do so!

Every year OUSA Queer Support works with an incredibly diverse group of student volunteers. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities including:

Queer Peer Support
Diversity Week working group
Events - Queerest Tea Party
Queer Resource Library
Workshop co-facilitation

If you are interested in becoming a peer supporter or Queer Support volunteer, fill in the application form below, attach your current CV and cover letter outlining why would like to volunteer for us.

If you have any questions or to request a position description email hahna@ousa.org.nz

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