Cross Cultural Mentor Program

CCM is a student leader (international or U.S. student; graduate or undergraduate) who volunteers to assist new international students in adjusting academically, culturally and socially to the United States and the University of Arkansas. CCM will assist in educating new students about campus and community life, provide a connection to the University, and be able to answer many of the questions new students may have upon arrival and during their first semester in the U.S.. CCMs also assist new students facing difficulties with communication, social relationships, academic expectations, and general cultural changes.

Requirements

  • Must have minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Must have been a student at the U of A for at least one semester.
  • Must commit to 2 semesters (Fall and Spring) unless completing your program of study in December. CCMs are volunteer, unpaid positions.
  • Must be able to work well with others, have good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must submit completed application and participate in both individual and group interviews.

Responsibilities

  • Attend one training session on a Saturday in April
  • Return to campus on time for training and International Orientation (Training: Wednesday & Thursday, August before orientation)
  • Keep schedule open during the orientation. During this time, you will be expected to give a priority to the international orientation responsibilities
  • Enthusiastically participate in all orientation activities and events
  • Maintain contact with your assigned small group throughout their first semester
  • Commit to meet with mentor group mid-semester for a cultural, social or sports activity and so on

Benefits

  • Intercultural and interpersonal leadership skills through intensive training sessions
  • Experience in program development and facilitating small groups
  • Cross-cultural experience and knowledge
  • A certificate recognizing successful completion of program
  • Meals provided during required training and orientation hours
  • Friend with new international students and other CCMs

How To Apply

Cross Cultural Mentor Application

Deadline

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by 4:30 PM

CCM Experiences:

 Being a CCM was one of the best decisions I made. I enjoyed seeing a mix of cultures in one room sharing experiences and laughter. Being an international student myself, taught me so many things about going to a country alone. Sharing my knowledge with others is the best way to give back. The experiences and skills you obtain by becoming a CCM are very unique, it’s a great “emotional paycheck”. It’s a great way to show what a big family the hogs are.
- Natalia Moreno from Santa Cruz, Bolivia

 I absolutely loved being a CCM! Facilitating a safe and engaging environment for incoming international students brought me so much joy! This experience undoubtedly improved my leadership skills and my ability to facilitate a group of distinct people. I enjoyed being introduced to students from all around the world and helping them make Fayetteville their new home. My experience as a CCM has increased my appreciation of the many diverse cultures of our world and I have become close friends with many international students who come through orientation.
- Hannah Valles from The Woodlands, Texas

 I could say being a CCM is one of the best experiences in college. I truly enjoyed meeting new people and getting to know them. CCM gave me opportunities to mentor new students and to befriend them. It was incredible to find out that we have so many things in common although we are from different backgrounds. For me, learning about different cultures is equivalent to travelling. Getting to know people from different cultures definitely broadened my horizon and took me to places without physically be there.
- Onuma (Ploy) Pleetissamuth from Ranong, Thailand

 Being a CCM was the best decision I have ever made in my college experience because it totally changed my college life. Through this incredible program, I was able to meet people from all over the world and learn about their cultures and backgrounds. Also, I was pleased to make a lot of friends during the orientation who made my college life unforgettable. After 2 years of being a CCM, I also realized that my communication and leadership skills have significantly improved. I encourage everyone to join this program.
- Abdulrahman Alsayari from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

If you have any questions, please contact issworld@uark.edu.