Mentor Responsibilities

What will a mentor do?

Mentors are expected to meet the following requirements

  • Via email, introduce yourself as a mentor, offer your assistance (sample letter below), and communicate as required prior to the student's arrival
  • Provide your mentee with an idea of what is expected of a student at SFU and what a student may expect from their experience in a new environment
  • Be available when your mentee arrives
  • Attend the Welcome Events with your mentee at the beginning of each term
  • Meet your mentee on at least two occasions, especially during the first weeks after arrival (including the Welcome Event); the frequency of future meetings will depend on the rapport established between you and your mentee
  • Attend monthly team meetings with co-mentors and your team leader
  • Complete midterm reports for each term and a program completion report at the end of the academic year in order to obtain a program completion status
  • In addition to mandatory program trainings, attend one training workshop per term for self-development


Remember that we need your genuine commitment! As we all know, “life happens!”. If for some unforeseen reason, you cannot continue to assist the new student, please advise us immediately so that we can find a new volunteer for them as quickly as possible. The possibility of handing over your assignment to another volunteer is acceptable, but please check with the Program Coordinator first.

Should an uncomfortable or unusual situation arise, please email the Program Coordinator (at or contact SFU International Services for Students at (778) 782-4232.

If you have any questions or comments about the Global Community Mentorship Program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Reem at <>.