Peer Advisor Program

Peer Advisors

Feel free to contact any of the students listed below to learn more about Valpo's study abroad programs.  

The Office of International Programs selects Peer Advisors to act as student representatives of the office, sharing their experience and knowledge of study abroad to encourage others to enroll.  Peer Advisors meet with interested students and act as guides throughout the study abroad preparation and re-entry process.

NAME, MAJOR, CONTACT

PROGRAM

Lisa Borosh

Public Relations + French

lisa.borosh@valpo.edu

Paris, France (Central College)

Tyler Clark

Spanish

tyler.clark@valpo.edu

Zaragoza, Spain

Bryn Cooley

History + English

bryn.cooley@valpo.edu

Cambridge, England (Study Center + Anglia Ruskin University)

Megan Dean

Management

megan.dean@valpo.edu

San José, Costa Rica

Brendan Ferris

Physics, Mathematics + Comp. Science

brendan.ferris@valpo.edu

Cambridge, England

Molly Hetzner

molly.hetzner@valpo.edu

Windhoek, Namibia (& South Africa)

Amber Jackson

amber.jackson@valpo.edu

Hirakata, Japan

Chelsea Kiehl

Psychology (Pre-Med)

chelsea.kiehl@valpo.edu

Reutlingen, Germany

Nathan King

Digital Media

nathan.king@valpo.edu

Washington, D.C.

Grace Leuck

grace.leuck@valpo.edu

Washington, D.C.

Emelie Lovasko

Nursing

emelie.lovasko@valpo.edu

Cambridge, England

Isaac Lutze

M.A. TESOL

isaac.lutze@valpo.edu

Japan (JET Program)

Nandin-Erdene Munkhbat

Economics

nandin-erdene.munkhbat@valpo.edu

Paris, France (Boston University Internship Program)

Amy Myrda

Nursing

amy.myrda@valpo.edu

Reutlingen, Germany

Emily Powers

Nursing

emily.powers@valpo.edu

Windhoek, Namibia (& South Africa)

Nola Prough

Spanish + Communications

nola.prough@valpo.edu

San José, Costa Rica

Melissa Rink

Psychology

melissa.rink@valpo.edu

Windhoek, Namibia (& South Africa)

Angela Silski

Chemistry + Spanish

angela.silski@valpo.edu

Zaragoza, Spain

Sarah Slothower

sarah.slothower@valpo.edu

Reutlingen, Germany

Desiree Swartz

Nursing

desiree.swartz@valpo.edu

Windhoek, Namibia (& South Africa)

Kaitlin Werth

Electrical Engineering

kaitlin.werth@valpo.edu

Reutlingen, Germany

 

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Advisor, please contact Julie Maddox at julie.maddox@valpo.edu.

Tasks:

  • Assist the OIP with events and activities throughout the year (such as study abroad fairs, classroom presentations, pre-departure orientations, information sessions etc.). 
  • Actively schedule and present country or program specific information sessions to interested campus groups (1 or 2 per term).
  • Email and meet with students in order to advise them on studying abroad, program options, and procedures.
  • Share your enthusiasm for studying abroad with other Valpo students.
  • Have fun!

Responsibilities:

  •  Willingness to commit to the OIP and contribute to teamwork for the 2013-2014 academic year. Last year’s Peer Advisors spent an average of 1 or 2    hrs/week throughout the year on promotion and meetings, but some weeks do not require any commitments.  The weeks of campus outreach events (ie, study abroad fair) may require a bit more of your time.  Don’t worry, it will be fun, and studies come first.
  •  Provide experience, insight, information, and assistance to peers about the study abroad process
  •  Be the contact person for initial study abroad questions
  •  Guide students through the Valpo study abroad website
  •  Represent the OIP responsibly, accurately, and professionally
  •  Commitment to effectively communicate the policies and procedures of Valpo Study Abroad and work to forward the goals and mission of the OIP
  •  Other duties as assigned or suggested by you

Benefits: 

  • Enhance public speaking and intercultural communication skills
  • Be afforded the opportunity to share your international experiences with your peers and inspire others to broaden their horizons
  • Professional development via the Chicago Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference
  • Advising and leadership experience
  • Obtain hands-on training and experience in the field of International Education
  • Addition of concrete experience and skills to resume
  • Expand planning and problem-solving skills
  • Build relationshipos with an office staff while heightenign your awareness of how a professional office functions