Student leaders needed to welcome exchange peers to campus

Exchange students on a tour of campus during Orientation Week.
A group of exchange students on a tour of campus during the Spring 2019 Orientation Week.

From the Global Education Office:

At the start of each semester, dozens of international students study on exchange at Virginia Tech.  Typically, exchange students spend only one or two semesters in Blacksburg before returning to their home institutions. 

The Global Education Office, part of Outreach and International Affairs, is seeking applications for Orientation Leaders to welcome exchange students to campus during the Inbound Exchange Orientation Weeks (August 16 – 23, 2019 and January 10 – 17, 2020).

These positions may be of particular interest to returned study abroad students and students who have a strong interest in learning about the world. 

Participants will receive monetary compensation at the end of the August 2019 and January 2020 orientation periods.

  • Serve as Inbound Exchange Student Orientation Leader in August 2019 and January 2020 (mandatory participation both dates)
  • Facilitate small group activities and discussions, drive, and help with campus tours and programs
  • Be available as a support and resource for students throughout the year to help them transition to their new learning environment
  • Participate in campus and community outreach projects during the academic year serving as an ambassador for the Global Education Office
  • Assist in the recruitment of the following year's orientation leaders
  • Attend mandatory training
  • Enrollment at Virginia Tech with  a minimum of junior class standing
  • Eligible to work in the United States
  • Good standing with academic and student conduct records
  • Availability to participate in the program from April 2019 through April 2020, including the required trainings and new student orientation (one week before classes; August 16 – 23, 2019 and January 10 – 17, 2020)
  • A strong desire to help welcome inbound exchange students from all over the world to the Virginia Tech community
  • Interest in and commitment to helping inbound exchange students adjust successfully to life at Virginia Tech and in the U.S.
  • Dedication to developing intercultural awareness and sensitivity on campus and in the local community
  • Must have a valid driver's license and clear a driving record

Applications should be submitted online through the link below by 5 p.m. on April 15, 2019.


Students who are not selected as orientation leaders are welcome to serve as volunteers with the International Buddy Program.

For questions, please contact Betty Anderson.