Become a Buddy!

Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Buddy Programme

Volunteers needed - Become a Postgraduate Buddy!

Are you a current postgraduate student interested in helping our new students settle into student life at the Faculty of Engineering? Are you interested in enhancing your CV with some volunteer experience which could lead to making life-long friends and learning about different cultures?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then we would like to hear from you.


What does being a Buddy involve?

We are looking for current postgraduate students who are willing to assist new postgraduate students with their transition into the university. As a ‘Buddy Mentor’ you will be expected to direct new students to useful resources and share your own tips and experience.

There will be a Buddy network behind you to share knowledge and support, so don’t worry if you don’t know everything (nobody does, that’s why we need a network).

By signing up to become a Buddy, you will make the following commitments:

  • Attend a training session and induction workshop before the beginning of Semester Two 2018 (we will email you the details and timing).
  • Maintain active communication with your new students via email (and face to face meetup if mutually desired by the student and you):
    • Proactively check with your students their progress;
    • Respond to their questions by sharing tips/advice and directing them to the right services /resources.
  • Join the Buddy Programme Facebook Group, share common student questions and advice, tips, resources on the group page to benefit more people.

What can I make out of this programme?

Being a Buddy is a highly satisfying experience. It also provides a good network and opportunity for social activities and friendship. In this programme you will:

  • Be part of a warm active team
  • Receive friendship and the satisfaction of helping others
  • Receive an official citation of service from the Dean of Engineering marking your contribution


Join us now!

To register your interest in becoming a Buddy in Semester 2, 2018, please complete this online application form.  Application close at 5pm on Monday, 4 June 2018.

If you have any question, please contact Meleane at


Graduate School of Engineering Buddy Programme


Who we are and what we do

The Graduate School of Engineering Buddy Programme is a volunteer network of existing and new postgraduate engineering students in all programmes.

  • Buddy Mentors are current postgraduate students who are already in the system that can guide you through your journey here.
  • “I have been there, I want to help” – Our Buddy Mentor team comprise of current student volunteers from a wide range of Engineering postgraduate coursework and research programmes and cultural backgrounds. They know what it was like when one enters a new system, they have learned useful tips and experience, and they want to share it with the new students to help them find their way easier.
  • It is easy – when a new student applies for a Buddy Mentor, we will match him/her with a Buddy based on background and programme similarity, and connect them via email to allow the new student to ask questions and the Buddy to provide tips and experience. This relationship continues through the whole semester. Communication can be flexible, either via email, other online interfaces, or face to face meetup (arranged between the student and the Buddy).


Feedback from previous new students:

“It is important to get a postgraduate Buddy who has gone through similar situations and can give you tips and advice. The Buddies were very helpful, whether you knew them personally or not.”


“I have benefited from this program from the day I entered the university.”


“The idea of the Buddy Programme is so good and my Buddy was so helpful in terms of clarification of doubts in so many aspects. It is one good trustworthy program for newbies to know around UoA, Auckland, and to make new friends too.”


Hear what the Buddies have to say:

“It is satisfying to meet new people and to help them settle in a new country and a new academic/social culture.”


'“I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping others. Also, it helps improve my communication skills. In addition to that I earned a group of new friends.”