Peer Support

Peer Support

Peer Support


From Compassion to Action

We're currently looking for Volunteers to join our Queer Support, Peer Support and/or Multicultural Support teams. Each year we recruit a number of volunteers to help us support students. We look for candidates with great compassion and empathy, excellent communication skills, and the ability to navigate through emotional fog at the trickiest of times. We offer all the training and support you need to be a successful volunteer. You just need an open-heart and an open-mind!

To apply please complete this questionnaire. You will also need to submit a CV and Cover Letter. Applications close on Wednesday 3rd July. 

Volunteer training dates and times: 

  • Thursday 18 July, 6pm - 9pm
  • Friday 19 July, 6pm - 9pm
  • Friday 26 July, 6pm - 9pm
  • Saturday 27 July, 9am - 4.30pm

*you are required to attend all training dates in order to become a peer supporter. 

The Peer Support Programme is a voluntary assistance program, which is designed to assist you with any concerns you have regarding your personal or study life. Peer Supporters offer support based on the principals of listening, sharing experiences and having an equal relationship rather than providing expert or clinical advice. 

Peer Support involves emotional support. The reason for this emotional support will depend on the your situation, for example, questioning ones gender and/or sexuality, homesickness, stress caused by study workload, difficulty making friends and/or socialising, a personal or professional crisis.

If you are interested in using our peer support service pop in for chat or email us: help@ousa.org.nz

If you have any feedback about our Peer Support service please contact the Peer Support Coordinator hahna@ousa.org.nz. If you feel uncomfortable approaching the Peer Support Coordinator please contact the OUSA Student Support Manager Sage Burke: sage@ousa.org.nz.