Volunteer with UVic Orientation

Two volunteers for UVic Orientation leading a group of new students

Get involved with UVic Orientation and help welcome new students to the University of Victoria!

As an orientation volunteer, you'll connect new students to the UVic community by welcoming, inspiring and supporting them. Through our programs and activities, new students are introduced to our culture and values, get to know campus resources and services, meet other incoming students, and begin to learn their way around campus.

Orientation leaders play a critical role by acting as university ambassadors and peer mentors, providing new students with a positive introduction to UVic, and contributing to a welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

Beyond the opportunity to help welcome new students, being an orientation leader has numerous benefits:

  • Develop new skills
  • Learn more about UVic and your campus community
  • Create new social connections
  • Receive a free orientation t-shirt, training and professional development, and a reference
  • Eligible for the co-curricular record

Orientation volunteer roles

Learn more about the volunteer opportunities with UVic Orientation. You can tell us which roles you're interested in when you submit your application.

How to apply

New volunteers

For applicants who have not previously applied and been selected to be an orientation leader. 

  1. Complete and submit the online application form by Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 
  2. Submit a short, 2-minute video answering two interview-style questions. Details on the video submission are included below. The video submission is due by Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. PT. 

Video submission

As part of the application, new volunteers must submit a 2-minute video to transitions3@uvic.ca answering the following two questions:
  1. Why are you interested in being a volunteer with UVic Orientation?
  2. What is the most important piece of advice you would give to a new UVic student?
We will be using this video to get to know your communication style, so please answer the questions as though they were asked to you by a new student.
  • Do not include other information in the video besides your answer to these two questions.
  • Videos should be roughly 2 minutes long, and any footage after the 2.5 minute mark will not be viewed by our team. 
  • We suggest that you film yourself against a neutral background, and include your whole face and shoulders if possible.
  • Please do not include any visuals, special effects or post-production. As long as we can hear and see you, we will not consider video production quality in our evaluation of your application.

Returning volunteers

For applicants who have previously volunteered with UVic Orientation OR were selected for 2020, but were unable to volunteer due to COVID-19. 

  • Complete and submit the online application form by Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT. 

Apply now

If you require an accommodation to complete your application to this program, please contact us at orientation@uvic.ca.  

Our volunteer philosophy

We recognize that the success of our programs relies on volunteer contributions and we believe that students provide the most authentic perspective on campus life and the student experience. Their stories can help new students achieve a sense of belonging and preparedness within the UVic community.

Our volunteers perform critical work that advances the mission of our unit to facilitate the successful transition of new students into the UVic community. Volunteers create opportunities for student interaction, share campus knowledge, highlight the student experience and build community at UVic.