Peer Mentor and Activities Coordinator, Bard English Summer Language Intensive (BESI) 2014
Bard English Summer Language Intensive (BESLI) is a 4-week intensive course for Smolny College students in academic English that stresses reading and writing. The goal of the program is to prepare Smolny students for enrollment in academic courses taught in English. Some BESLI students will take a specialized English language course, others will be integrated into Language & Thinking classes with incoming Bard students. It is important that BESLI students interact with Bard students both academically and socially in order to successfully learn the English language. Cultural excursions are also a large part of the BESLI program. The Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) and Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) are seeking Peer Mentors and Activities Coordinators to help facilitate the program and provide educational and logistical support to the program and its participants.
Peer mentors and activities coordinators have the following responsibilities:
- ·Organize and participate in excursions
- ·Help BESLI students with homework and provide assistance and information regarding campus life.
- ·Collaborate with other students and departments to create a comfortable and friendly environment for BESLI students
- ·Facilitate cross-cultural communication
- ·Foster English language development skills
Evening and weekend hours are required. In addition to the above responsibilities, Peer mentors must be a Bard driver (or willing to become one before the start of the program), must be comfortable driving Bard vans on highways, and must have a clean driving record. We are looking for students who are well organized, detail-oriented, comfortable with Bard resources, friendly, outgoing, and willing and able to encourage students to engage with each other.
The program begins on July 31st and ends on August 29th. Peer mentors and activities coordinators should expect to begin work Monday, July 28th in order to help prepare for the start of the program, although there may be opportunities for additional work earlier in the summer.
BESLI Peer Mentors and Activities Coordinators will receive a $1,500 stipend in payment for their services. In addition, they will receive accommodations in Bard dormitories and limited board for free from their start date to the end of the program.
Students are also encouraged to apply for additional funding through the CCE’s Community Action Awards, which provides financial support for Bard student internships and other projects. Applications for the awards are due by March 31 or April 28 and more information can be found at: http://www.bard.edu/civicengagement/internships/
Please submit the following materials to email@example.com:
- ·a cover letter illustrating your interest in the position and what skills and ideas you think you will bring as a peer mentor.
- ·a resume with references
- ·a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member.