2018 GAP Mentor Application Form
Global Ambassadors Program Overview
Global Ambassadors Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Global Ambassador!

The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) is a summer-long peer mentoring program designed to assist incoming undergraduate international and out-of-state students in acclimating to a new environment and making a smooth transition into university life. GAP Mentors provide friendly support in order to engage our undergraduate non-resident students and help them create solid relationships within the UC San Diego campus. The program will pair 1-2 incoming undergraduate international or out-of-state student with 1 current international or out-of-state student mentor and possibly 1 current domestic student mentor (preferably a CA resident) in order to encourage cross-cultural exploration and create a positive transition process for incoming students. Being a GAP mentor is an unpaid leadership and volunteer opportunity.

GAP Mentors introduce incoming international and out-of-state students to life at UCSD through:

• Pre-arrival Communication
• Peer Mentoring
• Social Gatherings (e.g. GAP Mixer and/or GAP Coffee Cards)

Mentor Characteristics
Any current UC San Diego undergraduate student who is interested in helping others and is willing to share their time, effort, and energy to help others succeed, is welcome to apply to be a GAP Mentor. Some ideal characteristics that we seek in potentially effective peer mentors include:

• A willingness to help others
• Good listening and intercultural communication skills
• Positive views about American life and culture
• Generosity with time and availability in schedule
• Responsibility and seriousness about helping others
• Commitment to mentees to contribute to others’ success
• Familiarity with city of San Diego and UC San Diego campus resources
• Demonstration of patience and persistence
• Resourcefulness when finding and sharing information

Mentor Responsibilities
GAP is a voluntary position for students to draw on their college experience to advise incoming international and/or out-of-state students. GAP Mentor responsibilities are as follows:

• Attend 1 GAP mentor training during spring quarter
• Maintain contact during the summer with GAP coordinators & assigned summer contacts
• Assist incoming international and/or out-of-state students with their transitions
• Attend GAP events throughout the academic year
• Maintain communication with mentees regularly via phone, e-mail, Facebook, or whatever works best
• Make sure that they know you are there if they need anything or have any questions. Act as a resource and provide information to mentees about available campus resources
• Contribute to the GAP program by proposing ideas, independently organizing events and giving feedback

Minimum Criteria for Global Ambassador MentorsUntitled Title
• Current Undergraduate student at UC San Diego
• GPA of 2.5 or above
• Be approachable, trustworthy and reliable
• Good interpersonal communication skills
• Attendance of 1 GAP mentor training per quarter
• Availability to mentor 2 incoming student over the summer and meet with them at least once in fall quarter
• Open and interested in involving your mentee in extracurricular activities
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Please describe briefly your past leadership and cultural experiences (ie: travel, interest in cross cultural communication, relevant work or volunteer experience, etc.) *
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Describe any positions you have volunteered in which you helped or communicated with people from diverse cultural backgrounds? *
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What qualities can you contribute to being a helpful and successful Global Ambassador mentor? *
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By signing this application, I agree to participate in the Global Ambassadors Program (GAP), attend required trainings, and hold confidential any personal information I acquire as a result of my assistance. I agree to have my contact information (name, email address, phone number) released to my mentees. I also agree to release all photos taken during GAP activities to be used by the Outreach Coordinator Department. (please type first and last name) *
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