Y-VISP Peer Liaisons

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by Peter Suwondo

Y-VISP Peer Liaison Job Description

The Y-VISP Peer Liaisons will work with the Director of the Yale Visiting International Student Program and the Y-VISP Program Coordinator to support the Yale Visiting International Student Program. In collaboration with Director and Program Coordinator, Y-VISP Peer Liaisons will assist with Y-VISP student arrival and orientation beginning and will continue their relationship with the students throughout the academic year. Y-VISP Peer Liaisons will correspond with Y-VISP students during the spring and summer prior to their arrival to Yale, and develop, organize all logistics for, and lead programs, activities, and excursions during the Y-VISP orientation. Following orientation, they will lead group to relevant Opening Days and Y-VISP specific events.  Y-VISP Peer Liaisons will meet regularly with students throughout the year over meals, serve as peer liaison to and link between these students and the rest of the Yale College community including introducing them to relevant cultural groups, and facilitate Y-VISP group communication through Facebook and email distribution lists.  Y-VISP Peer Liaisons will organize and conduct off-site programming and excursions throughout the academic year, including one weekend-long excursion in the spring semester. Finally, Y-VISP Peer Liaisons will help coordinate student participation in the Y-VISP Farewell dinner. Y-VISP Peer Liaisons are expected to maintain and respect confidentiality of interactions among staff and students, and must be able and willing to meet monthly with the Director and Coordinator of Y-VISP.

Y-VISP Peer Liaisons must be able to arrive back on campus early, for training and orientation preparation.

The role of a Y-VISP Peer Liaison is to be a friend, ally, guide, and supporter of the Y-VISP students. While Peer Liaisons do not have an authoritative position over the students, ideal candidates are mature, sensitive, organized, have excellent interpersonal skills, an eagerness to get to know the Y-VISP students and to ease their transition into the Yale community. At certain points during the academic year, the role can be time-intensive. Ideal candidates are eager to engage with international students and should be prepared to prioritize this position above other non-academic commitments.

Y-VISP partner institutions include: Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico), National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), Waseda University (Japan), Yale-NUS College (Singapore), Ashoka University (India), and ShanghaiTech University (Shanghai). 

Job Requirements:

  • Yale College student with a strong interest in working with international students, international programs, and in peer advising. 
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills a must.
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented and must be able to work long hours during the orientation and at several points throughout the academic year, including nights and weekends.
  • Previous international experience preferred. 
  • Previous peer advising experience a plus. 
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively as part of a productive team. 
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills a must. Intermediate understanding of Mac and/or PC computers.
  • Y-VISP Peer Liaison must be extremely mature, dependable, reliable, responsible, professional, and able to take on a leadership role. 
  • Peer Liaison must have the ability to work occasional nights and weekends. 
  • Student must be able to move back to campus early in order to train and prepare for the students’ arrival. 

Hours: Y-VISP Peer Liaison hours- average 2-4 hours per week (10-12 hours per day during orientation period, programs, or excursions)

Hourly rate: Approx. $13.50 per hour

Time Frame: Peer Liaisons are expected to work a few hours immediately after they are hired to begin planning for the upcoming terms, and to communicate with Y-VISP students via email. 

Contact Person: Maya Polan, Program Coordinator, Yale Visiting International Student Program

Email Address: maya.polan@yale.edu

Phone Number: 203-432-8692