Are you interested in becoming a Fys Buddy?

At Nelson Mandela University, the Academic Orientation programme is called First-Year Success@mandela (Fys@mandela), and the Orientation Leaders are called How2/fys Buddies.

How2 Buddies

Do you fit the following profile?

Personal qualities:

  • Are you friendly, outgoing, and resourceful?
  • Are you self-confident? Do you enjoy working with people? Do you have their welfare at heart?
  • Are you non-judgemental?
  • Are you good at team work?
  • Are you capable of leading groups of approximately 20 students? Can you look after the needs of these students?
  • Are you interested in assisting first-year students adjust to university?

Communication Skills:

  • Do you have good verbal skills?

Academic qualification:

  • Are you a student in good standing?

University experience:

  • Are you positive about your experience at the univeristy?
  • Are you positive about the Fys@mandela Programme?
  • Are you committed to a non-racial, non-sexist, non-discriminatory university?
  • Are you willing to learn more about Nelson Mandela University's vision and mission?
  • Are you willing to learn more about your university and your faculty?

If you can answer ‘Yes’ to these questions, we would like to have you on our team! 

Job Description:

  • Facilitate the activities of 20 to 30 1st year students (per groups) for 1 to 2 days during the Orientation Week; the activities will centre around coping with being a student at the university (training will be provided).
  • Assist parents and first-years with directions during the Welcoming Ceremony and Faculty Meet & Greet.
  • Manage an information booth located at a strategic point on campus, during the first two weeks of term, when you don't have lectures.
  • Wear your Fys@mandela T-shirt for at least the first week of the first term and be prepared to answer questions from lost first- year students.

You need to agree to:

  • Attend a training programme: four workshops offered in the previous year and three days of core training in late February.
  • Facilitate a small group of first-year students during the FYS programme, and take care of your group for each of their other orientation events. 
  • Manage one of the Information Booths that will be located at various places on campus during first week.
  • Buddy your first-year group throughout the academic year.
  • Wear your FYS T-shirt (provided) during orientation week and for the first week of term, and be willing to provide information and give directions.

What is in it for you?

  • Two free T-shirts.
  • A training certificate for your CV.
  • Developing your own personal, social and academic skills; making yourself more employable.
  • A stipend to cover your transport costs.
  • A co-curricular record if you have fulfilled all training requirements and fulfilled all your responsibilities.

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