International Student Mentor Development Study
Peer mentorship programs are promoted as reciprocal, where both mentors and mentees benefit; however, the majority of qualitative research focuses on the positive outcomes for mentees, while few (Haggard et al., 2011; Heirdsfield et al., 2008) focus on the experiences and positive outcomes for mentors. International student peer mentorship programs help mentors develop leadership, intercultural communication, and professional skills as they help others and interact with students from different cultures and backgrounds (Haggard et al., 2011).
This research study is going to fill the gap and contribute to international higher education by focusing on student peer mentors’ self-experience and how they value their roles. The research project specifically seeks to address the following questions: How do student mentors perceive and value the experiences of being peer mentors for international students? How does the international student peer mentor program contribute to mentors’ development?
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