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Volunteer for UM’s in-person Orientation Events

Student volunteers needed to welcome new students

June 7, 2022 — 

Every fall, the University of Manitoba welcomes new students with a series of programming to support their transition to university. Volunteering for UM Orientation offers current students the chance to help new students with their transition to the UM community.

Through a series of in-person events and online modules leading up to Prep Week and Welcome Day, UM Orientation provides some of the first interactions for new students. These events provide an orientation to university life with academic sessions, workshops, resource guides, and opportunities to connect with other new students.

This year, the Orientation team is looking for Welcome Leaders to support in-person programming that will assist new students in their transition to learning on campus. Welcome Leaders will have the opportunity to practice interpersonal communication skills and gain leadership experience by volunteering at one or more Orientation event

 throughout the summer and early fall. Volunteering offers the opportunity to meet new people and share pride in the UM community, and volunteers who participate in 10 or more hours cumulatively will be granted a notation on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

After volunteering for Orientation in 2021, Eugenie Whan Kan, a third year Asper School of Business student, returned this year as an Orientation Team Leader, helping lead other volunteers. Eugenie found volunteering to be a fulfilling experience; she says, “Although I am an international student, being a volunteer gave me a sense of community and showed me that I could help new students despite being new to Canada.”

Alex Risbey, a fourth year Science student, echoes Eugenie in encouraging other students to get involved with Orientation 2022: “As a volunteer with, I really enjoyed being a part of a team and working together to help new students become a part of the U of M community.”

Students can sign up now to help with our first big in-person event Welcome to the Herd on June 18. We’re looking for volunteers to help with sessions, directions and set up/take down. If you are interested please sign up here.

All volunteers will receive training in a fun, relaxed, and supportive environment. There are lots of other perks to getting involved too, like meeting new people and fun volunteer appreciation events.

Visit the orientation volunteer page for more information on how to sign up as an in-person Orientation Volunteer!

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