National Ambassadors Programme

Become part of a community that connects and supports international students in the Wellington region and nationally

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The National Ambassadors Programme has been set up to connect international students with each other, with their communities, to support them in their journey and to foster their wellbeing.

It involves the recruitment of international and domestic students from both secondary schools and tertiary institutions who will act as ambassadors, providing a voice for international students within their organisation both online and face-to-face.

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The benefits

For international students

  • Make connections with other international students
  • Connect with the communities they live in
  • Support and foster wellbeing

For ambassadors

  • An opportunity to take the lead and drive a programme for students, by students
  • Training, guidance and support to help them in their leadership role
  • Join forces with ambassadors nationally
  • Empower international students
  • Enable fellow international students to have a voice through organising events/activities

For secondary schools and tertiary institutions

  • An opportunity to put forward international students as ambassadors to represent their institution and connect with like-minded students both regionally and nationally
  • A way to ensure international students feel welcome and at home here, by helping them to connect with their peers and communities while also offering them support and fostering their wellbeing

How it works

The student ambassador-led programme will see ambassadors taking the lead in developing and organising activities for their student communities, with support from Study in Wellington and its education partners.

Training will be given, courtesy of Study in Wellington and external partners, covering planning, health and safety, mentoring, leadership, global citizenship and other skills.

Recruitment process

Two ambassadors will be selected per secondary school, one domestic and one international. Tertiary institutions require a larger number of ambassadors to ensure representation, which may be on a per faculty basis.

To be eligible, students need to be currently studying in secondary or tertiary education in the Wellington region. To learn more, email Sarah Grant.

Programme timeline

  • Late-July – applications open for secondary schools and tertiary institutions to put forward suitable applicants and students to register their interest
  • August 31st – applications close for the National Ambassadors Programme
  • September – selected ambassadors have a meet and greet session and undergo training. Ambassadors will also start designing a programme of support for international students through planned events/activities within their education institutions
  • September to November – online secondary and tertiary ambassador forums will be developed to allow ambassadors to share ideas and explore activities together. Online and face-to-face monthly meetings will also be held
  • December – an end-of-year function and review will be held for all ambassadors

The ambassador’s role

Study in Wellington will act to empower ambassadors to be the voice of international students. The ambassador’s role, with training and support from Study in Wellington, will empower them to:

  • Support change, advocating for students and providing feedback directly to decision-makers and stakeholders within the region
  • Lead events in their own institutions and as a collective within the region, backed by their principals and international directors to connect with the wider school/tertiary and local communities
  • Organise activities in their institutions and outings for students
  • Promote the health and wellbeing of students within their institutions and communities
  • Share stories and promoting student success and challenges
  • Be part of focus groups that support the development of Study in Wellington’s international education programmes
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Ambassador nominations

Nominations are now closed for the 2021 National Ambassador Programme

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