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)
• 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
• 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