Peer Support

Peer Support

Peer Support

We are currently recruiting OUSA Peer Supporters  and Queer Support Volunteers! If you enjoy helping others, send your CV and cover letter to help@ousa.org.nz. Applications close 5pm Thursday 26th April. 

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 students situation, some examples include questioning ones gender and/or sexuality, homesickness, stress caused by study workload, difficulty making friends and/or socialising, a personal or professional crisis.

Some of the benefits of peer support include, feeling more comfortable in a new environment, an increased sense of belonging to the student body, feeling supported and able to ask for help. 

We have a diverse range of peer supporters including Queer, International and multiethinic peer supporters. If you are interested in using the peer support service or if you would like to become a peer supporter yourself, come in and see us 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.