Q: Is it possible to be a buddy mentor while I have re-exams in the Summer AID/Winter AID?
A: Yes. Your fellow buddy mentor(s) can take over from you for that day. Make sure to check if this is possible before subscribing.
Q: Is being a buddy mentor hard?
A: No, being a buddy mentor is not hard. It means being friendly, interested in meeting new people and willing to help them find their way in Wageningen.
Q: Does being a buddy mentor take a lot of time?
A: No. The first weeks are usually the most busy since this is the time you get to know your group, or you join the AID. In the beginning, buddy families usually meet 1-2 times a week. This can include having lunch at university or going to an ESN kitchen. At the start of the semester and further on, ESN also organizes activities specially for buddy families, to make sure that you get to know each other. As time passes buddy families usually meet once a week to once every two weeks. The Buddy Program is very flexible and it is up to you and your buddy family to decide how often you meet. As a buddy mentor you do not have to attend every activity. We make sure that each group has 2-3 buddy mentors. This means that you can also meet the students separately.
Q: Can I combine it with my student association, sports, studying etc?
A: Yes. Our buddy mentors are often also part of student associations such as Franciscus, Ceres, SSR-W and more, as well as being active in their study and sport associations.
Q: Can I be a buddy mentor if I am a bachelor student?
A: Yes. A buddy family will consist of Bachelor, Master and Erasmus exchange students. Erasmus students can be in their Bachelor or Master. As a Bachelor student you can lead a group of new students even if they are older than you. Past buddy mentors have also been bachelor students without having problems.
Q: Can I be a buddy mentor when I am an international student?
A: Yes. Buddy mentors can be both Dutch or international students. If you know Wageningen already and want to welcome new students to Wageningen you can become a buddy mentor. Note that you should be available for the upcoming half a year/semester if you want to become a buddy mentor.
Q: Do I need to always take the lead in my group?
A: The buddy mentors have to take initiative in the first weeks of the Buddy Program. When you know each other better, the buddy kids will take initiative as well to organize activities. However, this may depend on your buddy family. Some buddy families will need more encouragement and a more proactive buddy mentors. Over time the buddy family often becomes a friend group with both the buddy mentors and the buddy kids organizing dinners or activities.