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Is anyBUDDY out there?

Do you want to welcome international students and help them with adjusting to Aarhus? All while improving your language skills and doing some very cosy volunteer work? Then we need you as a Buddy for our international students!

2017.11.17 | Internationalt Team på Arts

The International Team at Arts is currently preparing to welcome our new exchange students for the spring 2018. We are now looking for Buddies to help the international students during their first time in Aarhus. A Buddy is the international students’ first personal contact and impression of Denmark, AU and the study life in Aarhus. For many international student it is a radical change to come to a new country, a new culture and a new university and as a Buddy your help during this transition is of great value.

As a Buddy you will help greet the international students and act as their contact person – especially during the first weeks of their stay in Aarhus. Naturally we expect you to be in Aarhus up until and during the beginning of the spring semester. The tasks of a Buddy could be to show the international students around campus or around Aarhus city, assist them in practical matters (like opening a library account, finding their time tables etc.), show them the best coffee place in town – and anything else you may wish. The main ambition of the Buddy Programme is to create social and intercultural relations.

As a Buddy you will have a chance to experience different cultures and customs at close hand. You will also have the opportunity to practice your language skills – whether it is your English, Spanish or maybe Slovenian you would like to practice. The Buddy Programme is an ideal opportunity to expand your international network and strengthen your intercultural competencies. Several times we have experienced that the Buddy Programme have facilitated great friendships which have lasted beyond the one semester. This is also a unique opportunity to create friendships across cultures.

The job as a Buddy is unpaid but you will receive an official “Certificate of Recognition” from Aarhus University for your participation in the program. You can later use the certificate in relation to job seeking as a testament to your language and intercultural collaboration skills. Even though the job is voluntary we expect you to reserve time for being a contact person for the international students during the entire semester (especially around the beginning of the semester). We do not expect a minimum amount of hours every month, and we have not previously experienced that the job is overwhelming or impossible to combine with a busy student life.

Would you like to be a Buddy?

Then we would love to hear from you!
Send an application to Christine Jensen: calj@au.dk before the application deadline: November 30th 2017.

Please list the following in your application:
name, phone number, email, student number and study programme.
If you have any wishes – e.g. If you would like to be a Buddy for Spanish speaking students – please list this in the email as well. We will of course try to be accommodating about your wishes but we also expect you to be flexible about this.

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