Welcome to Nottingham’s global community

Volunteer with us

If you’re a friendly, reliable and enthusiastic UoN student who wants to help new international, Erasmus and exchange students make friends and settle into life here at Nottingham, become a Global Buddy!

You’ll support a small number of international students, for up to four hours a week, helping them settle in, make new friends and make the most of their time at University.

You’ll get full training from us, making sure you’re taught everything you need to know about being a Global Buddy. So if you’ve got great social skills and empathy towards any issues that may affect international students, we want to hear from you.

Volunteering in Global Buddies was a really fun and fruitful experience. An amazing chance to meet with other people who are willing to help and keen on meeting other people from different cultures. It is also a chance to do something helpful and enjoy the happiness of giving. GB volunteer, January 2018
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Applications will be open from Monday 1 April to Friday 24 May. Check out our Facebook group to get all the latest updates and find out what’s going on. You can also follow us on Instagram @globalbuddiesuon

Calling new international students

Are you an international student coming to study in Nottingham? Would you like to make friends with a current University of Nottingham student mentor? Global Buddies is for you!

What is Global Buddies?

‘Buddy’ is another word for friend, and that’s exactly what Global Buddies is about – making friends. It’s also about helping international and EU students like you find the support you need.

When you arrive on campus for the first time, you’ll be partnered with a mentor – a current student who will show you everything Nottingham has to offer. They’ll contact you before you land in the UK, and will be here to answer your questions once you arrive. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to get involved with our social activities, and meet our volunteers and other students.

If you’re an international student and you’ve got questions about life in the UK and Nottingham, or you’re wondering about student life and the opportunities it offers, this scheme is for you!

Why join Global Buddies?

There are lots of reasons to join Global Buddies:

  • You’ll get information and answers to your questions before you arrive in Nottingham, and your buddy will be there to offer you support throughout your first semester
  • You’ll have help settling in and you’ll already know someone here – a friendly face will be waiting to say hello when you arrive
  • You’ll be able to meet new people and get involved in our social events and societies as soon as you get here
  • You’ll feel at home and have a sense of belonging to the Students’ Union, the University and your local community

Sound interesting? Let us know that you’d like a Global Buddy.

Just tell us a little bit about yourself and we’ll match you with a like-minded current student.

Check out our Facebook group to get all the latest updates and find out what’s going on. You can also follow us on Instagram @globalbuddiesuon 

Get in touch

If you’ve got any questions or would like to have a chat about the scheme, come and see Isobel Zimsek, the Student Union's International Students Engagement Coordinator.

You’ll find her in the Get Involved Zone on Level C in the Portland Building, University Park. Alternatively, send her an email: globalbuddies@nottingham.ac.uk.

Contact Details

Isobel Zimsek

UoN Students' Union

C Floor, Portland Building

University Park,

Nottingham, NG7 2RD




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