Enjoy learning about different cultures, or keen to share your own culture with others?
Being part of our Global BUddies programme will give you the opportunity to do all of that, and more. Our Global BUddies programme matches new students with current students, in small groups made up of different nationalities. As a group leader, you'll play an important part in helping our new students from the UK and overseas to settle in to life at BU, using your own experience of studying at BU to help them adjust to life at BU.
What will I be doing?
As a group leader in the programme, you will contact your assigned group before the start of term and keep in touch via email and social media until they arrive. The students in your group would be different nationalities to you and your role would be to organise activities and, importantly, encourage your group to be curious about each other’s cultures. You’ll be paired with at least one other Group Leader (a current BU student, like you) and your group will be about 15 students in total.
There will be a big social event for everyone on the programme during the week our new students arrive, followed by a series of varied events throughout the term. You'll be expected to organise regular meetings for your group. Training workshops will be provided, where you'll get involved in activities designed to get you talking about cultural differences.
How will I benefit from this experience?
This opportunity is open to all current students from all cultures and backgrounds, including the UK, meaning you'll being develop a network of new friends from all over the world.
When you become a Global BUddy, we hope you will improve your understanding of cultural differences and learn how to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
This experience will build up your transferable skills, such as cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication, leadership, event planning and more - which all goes towards enhancing your employability and CV.
You can also earn credits towards the Global Talent Programme.