Volunteer for Orientation

University Transfer Orientation

Volunteer answering a new student's question

Volunteer for UT Orientation

Applications for the Winter 2024 Orientation Team is open until December 20, 2023

Volunteering for UT Orientation takes place the week leading up to each semester.

Volunteers help new students in many ways:

  • Direct new students to info sessions and workshops
  • Perform icebreakers and build connections with new students
  • Answer questions
  • Provide information about Columbia College

Volunteers for UT Orientation welcome and engage with new students during Orientation Week. They are key to building a positive environment for new students and help build a friendly and inclusive CC culture.

Volunteers may be asked to assist with pre-orientation preparation such as swag bag stuffing or event setup.

  • Training and coaching throughout the program
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded students
  • Gain more in-depth knowledge about how the college operates
  • Learn about campus resources and opportunities available at CC
  • Opportunity to make a positive contribution to student life at CC
  • Records or references upon successful completion of commitments and expectations
  • Assist with the delivery of Orientation programs
  • Perform icebreakers and motivate students to interact with the group
  • Provide directions to new students when they arrive on campus for the first time
  • Answer any questions new students may have
  • Facilitate a safe, fun and inclusive campus environment
  • Engage with new students to create a positive CC culture

Approximately 10-30 hours between December 20 to January 5.

  • 3 hours training & pre-orientation preparations
  • 8 hours per event day (four event days)

All volunteers are required to attend the training session and at least one (1) Orientation Day.

  • Mandatory Volunteer Training: December 20, 2023
  • Orientation Days
    • December 21, 2023
    • December 22, 2023
    • January 2, 2024
    • January 3, 2024
    • January 4, 2024
  • Must be a current UT or AD student or a graduate of the Winter 2023, Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 semester
  • Maintained a minimum CGPA of 2.3 or higher and must be in good academic standing
  • Reliability
  • Good personal and time management skills
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Positive attitude about CC
  • Appreciation for diversity
  • Willingness to make a difference in students’ lives
  • Previous experience at Orientation (preferred, but not required)

Before new students arrive at Columbia College for their first semester, we provide a virtual program involving  information sessions about our student support services, and support with course planning and registration. Volunteers should be aware that new students will be attending in-person Orientation with some idea of what to expect – you will be building on this expectation!

In the week leading up to the first day of classes, we have Orientation events at the Columbia College Main Campus. Orientation Week is full of exciting face-to-face opportunities! Students can get a campus tour, meet-and-greet with support staff, learn more about support services, and connect with students from their program!

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High School Orientation

High School Orientation Team in May 2021

Volunteer for High School Orientation

Applications for the Winter 2024 Orientation Team are open until December 15, 2023

Volunteering for High School Orientation takes place in the 2-3 weeks leading up to each semester.

Volunteers help new students in many ways:

  • Mentor a small group of new students
  • Answer questions
  • Facilitate new friendships
  • Provide information about Columbia College
  • Connect new students with support staff as needed

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are the first face of Columbia College for incoming high school students. OLs make a new student’s transition to their Canadian College experience positive and exciting! They play a key role in turning nervousness into feelings of excitement and motivation!

Job Description

Orientation Leaders welcome and engage with new students during the Orientation process. They are critical to a new student’s overall success in their first semester at CC. They facilitate new friendships between new students, provide mentorship and support, and help build a welcoming and friendly CC culture. Leaders may be asked to assist with pre-orientation preparation such as swag bag stuffing or event setup.

  • Learn and apply leadership skills, such as mentorship and public speaking
  • Training and coaching throughout the program
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded students
  • Gain more in-depth knowledge about how the college operates
  • Learn about campus resources and opportunities available at CC
  • Opportunity to make a positive contribution to student life at CC
  • Records or references upon successful completion of commitments and expectations

Orientation Leaders help build and support a positive and welcoming community of new students through…

  • Mentoring a small group of new students
  • Providing guidance and answering questions
  • Informing new students about the campus resources and opportunities available to them
  • Assisting with the delivery of Orientation programs
  • Facilitating a safe, fun and inclusive group
  • Leading icebreakers
  • Guiding campus tours
  • Engaging with new students to create a positive campus culture

Approximately 15-20 hours over two weeks.

  • 6 hours training & prep
  • 8 hours on event day
  • 1.5 hours minimum student engagement

All Leaders are required to attend two training sessions and attend Orientation Day.

  • Must be a current High School or UPREP student or a graduate from the Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 High School/UPREP program
  • Maintained a minimum CGPA of 2.5 or higher and must be in good academic standing
  • Access to a device with a camera and reliable internet connection (for virtual events)
  • Reliability
  • Good personal and time management skills
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Positive attitude about CC
  • Appreciation for diversity
  • Willingness to make a difference in students’ lives
  • Previous experience at Orientation (preferred, but not required)

Before new students arrive at Columbia College for their first semester, we provide a virtual program involving tutorials for the learning platforms used at CC, information sessions about our student support services, as well as fun opportunities to meet other students and make new friends. 

On the Friday before the first day of classes, we have Orientation Day at the Columbia College North Campus. This day is full of exciting face-to-face opportunities! Students can get a campus tour, meet-and-greet with support staff, learn more about support services, and connect with students from their program! The day ends with a fun outing with the Student Life Coordinator and Orientation Leaders.

If you have questions