Student leadership

Student Learning offers leadership opportunities for students who are keen to support other students in their learning.

Student Learning offers a number of student leadership opportunities—we recruit postgraduate students as peer writers, and also recruit students for programmes such as PASS, Excel and Conversation.

These leadership positions, either paid or unpaid, offer excellent opportunities to develop your interpersonal skills, cultural understanding, networking skills and communication skills. Training is provided.

If you are interested in any of the leadership opportunities below, email student-learning@vuw.ac.nz, call 04 463 5999, or drop in to Student Learning, Level 0, Kirk building, Kelburn campus.

Peer writers

Peer writers work one-to-one with students wanting to develop their writing skills. These are casual positions for postgraduate students—you'll need a high level of written and spoken English, and a high level of achievement in your own study.

Preferably you will also have some tutoring experience and knowledge of the University. These positions are paid.

Peer Assisted Study Support (PASS) leaders and mentors

PASS groups are led by students who have already passed the course. These PASS groups meet for one hour a week to consolidate understanding, reinforce key concepts and develop effective study strategies.

PASS leaders

As a PASS leader you'll get to meet new people and share your love of a subject, while reinforcing your own understanding and developing your leadership and communication skills. These positions are paid. You can apply to be a PASS leader online.

PASS mentors

If you've been a PASS leader for two or more trimesters, you can extend your leadership skills as a PASS mentor. You'll help recruit and train new PASS leaders, and provide ongoing support throughout the trimester.

Mentors are required to participate in leader interviews, and attend leader training.

Supporting international students

You can volunteer or work with some of Student Learning's programmes that support international students at Victoria. The Conversation programme helps international students practice English, talking with native speakers and finding out about life in Wellington.

Excel volunteers

Would you like to:

  • learn about cross-cultural communication?
  • develop your leadership and communication skills?
  • contribute to effective internationalisation of our University?

If your answer to these questions is 'yes', then you might like to become an Excel volunteer.

Excel stands for 'Excellence in cultural experiential learning and leadership'. The Excel programme is a 15-hour programme where students from different cultures learn how to communicate successfully in their new host culture: in our case, New Zealand. Put in another way, Excel teaches newcomers the rules of the game for their new environment. Excel uses volunteers like you to help explain these rules.

You'll be given some training before the programme starts. Once the programme starts, you'll need to come along to five three-hour sessions. In these sessions, you'll:

  • answer questions about how to communicate successfully in certain situations
  • perform roleplays to show students exactly how Kiwis communicate
  • coach a small group of students from other cultures
  • gain knowledge and skills that will benefit you in your future multicultural workplaces.

Conversation leaders

These are voluntary positions. The experience will improve your leadership skills, provide networking opportunities and boost your CV. To be a leader, you need to be a native speaker of English, and enjoy meeting people from different cultures. You'll be expected to attend the programme one hour a week for at least 10 out of 12 weeks of the trimester.

Excel and Conversation coordinator

This is a paid position. The student coordinator is required to promote both the Excel programme and the Conversation programme. The coordinator also needs to recruit volunteers for both programmes, help train volunteers, and coordinate volunteer participation. Time commitment is approximately 100 hours spread over the year.

Apply to Student Learning in October for the following year.