1. Volunteer with us:
If you want to be the next Global Buddy and help new International, Erasmus and Exchange students - the applications for the January intake have now re-opened! Click here to apply or have a look below at what has been going on at Global Buddies Scheme!
We are looking for friendly, reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to become Global Buddies - a point of contact for international students throughout their first semester at the University of Nottingham. Our volunteers support a small number of international students, for up to 4 hours a week, with a view to help them settle in, meet others and make the most of their University experience.
We provide interactive training, teaching you everything you need to know about being a Global Buddy. Great social skills and empathy towards issues that may affect international students are beneficial.
‘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
2. Are you an international student coming to study in Nottingham and would like a current UoN student mentor?
International and EU students - APPLY HERE
What is Global Buddies?
Global Buddies is an informal peer-to-peer support scheme for international (EU and outside) students coming to the University of Nottingham UK campus for the first time. It offers an opportunity to have a friendly mentor who is a current UoN student as well as regular social opportunities to meet our welcoming and approachable volunteers and other students.
If you are an international student and you have any questions about life in the UK and Nottingham, about student life at the University of Nottingham and the opportunities it offers, this scheme is perfect for you. We will match you with an existing student who will contact you before you land in England and will offer a friendly face once you are here.
Benefits of joining Global Buddies:
* Information and answers to questions before arriving in Nottingham and continued support throughout the first semester
* Help with settling in and having a familiar face
* Help with meeting new people and the opportunity to engage with social events and societies from the very beginning of your life at the University of Nottingham
* Providing sense of belonging to the Students’ Union, University and local community
If you would like to have a Global Buddy, please click on the link below and tell us a little bit about yourself. We will link you to your Buddy in early September time.
Check below what has been happneing at Global Buddies in the first Semester:
Global Buddies Socials
Global Buddies Christmas Party, 11th December 15:00-18:00, Studio Live
Come and join us at our International Christmas Celebrations. Just at the end of the 1st semester, the event will help you wind-down from the stresses of revising and assignments and get in a magical mood of Christmas. There will be some traditional Christmas dishes and snacks and you will be able to challenge yourself in our international christmas quiz - come and check how well you know traditions from around the world! The event is open to all - just register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-buddies-christmas-party-tickets-53144175660
Post-pals sessions, 27th and 28th November 11:00-14:00, Get Involved Zone
The next Global Buddies Event is coming to you thanks to amazing, hard-working Volunteering team. Festive Fortnight is a great, 2-week chance to get involved with variety of volunteering opportunities and make a difference. For this event, we will join efforts in Post Pals session - where you can get creative making cards for seriously ill children or their siblings. For no other reason than to put a smile on their face, your card will help them feel less isolated and bring cheer to their day. We have all the materials and we'll send the card for you too.
If you want to attend one or both of them, please book a free ticket here - you can stay for entire 3 hours or just pop-in to make one card - it will be great to see you!
Tuesday session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-buddies-and-festive-fortnight-post-pals-tickets-52523850250
Wednesday session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-buddies-and-festive-fortnight-post-pals-tickets-52523876328
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-buddies-halloween-party-tickets-51705062233
Starting at 16:30 in Studio Live in Portland Building, University Park. This time the Global Buddies social is the spooky and scary Halloween party! There will be pumpkin carving competition and other fun games! Make an effort and dress up - the best costume wins a special prize!!
Again - this event is open to all - so bring your friends with you and have fun!
between 15:00 and 18:00 in the Studio of Portland Building. Eat cake, sandwiches and taste your knowledge of British Culture in our Quiz! ALL WELCOME - you don't have to be a part of the Global Buddies Scheme to come and enjoy the food and company!
If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about the scheme, please come and see me or contact via the email below. My name is Karolina Eames and I am based in:
University of Nottingham Students’ Union, C Floor, Get Involved Zone, Portland Building, University Park.