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Douglas College > Study at Douglas > International students > New & returning students > Cultural Connections
The Cultural Connections Program is an exciting student-powered program that is designed to:
International students who are new to Douglas College (New Students) are paired with returning Canadian or international students studying academic courses (Peer Mentors).
Throughout the semester, pairs keep in contact by phone or email at least once a week and meet in person at least once a month. Contact time is spent on discussing and finding ways to help resolve any questions, concerns and issues the New Student may have, getting to know one another and doing activities of mutual interest.
Participating pairs are expected to fulfill the following components (minimum) per semester:
Program-wide activities/events are initiated and organized by the Coordinator of the Cultural Connections Program.
The time commitment is 4 hours a month.
The Cultural Connections Program not only helps international and community students studying at Douglas College for the first time make a smooth transition to their new life here, but the program enhances the college experience of all participants by creating opportunities to develop international friendships, learn and experience different ways of thinking and communicating and have fun building a campus community that embraces international exchange, interaction and learning.
Program participants also receive the following rewards:
Become a New Student and make a successful transition to your new life at Douglas College. Get answers to all your questions, meet other students and have fun at the activities and events organized by the program.
Are you interested in meeting, helping and learning from students from other countries? Do you want to get a head start in building your network of international contacts? Then apply to become a Mentor. It's a Douglas College sponsored volunteer opportunity that will enhance your resumé and college life!