Connecting students with other students for support and advice.


The Buddy Programme is a joint venture between Study Pulse Te Runanga Tauira, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology International Department and the Rotorua Multi Cultural Council. The initiative has been created for international students as a way to ease the transition into their new environment, and set them on the path to success in both their studies at Toi Ohomai and life in New Zealand.

A “Buddy” is another student who can serve as a resource, and a helping hand or friend who guides a less experienced person by providing support, encouragement, and information to students new to Toi Ohomai and New Zealand. The programme provides students with leadership opportunities, the chance to engage with the International community, and inspire students to succeed in their studies. Buddies help new students to integrate into Toi Ohomai student life, and participate in the Rotorua community.

We are looking for returning students of Toi Ohomai who have a willingness to help and a sincere desire to build a friendship with an international student. We will match buddies as best as we can, based on the preferences and information filled out on their application form. A training session will be provided to inform buddies on what a new international student may need to know and do upon arrival. If you are able to fulfil the requirements as a TOI buddy, you will receive a Certificate of Appreciation (Participation).

If you are a student wanting to be supported by a buddy please complete this form – I WANT A BUDDY TO SUPPORT ME.

If you are a student interested in being a buddy IN SEMESTER TWO (starting July 2018) and supporting someone else, please complete this form – I WANT TO BE A BUDDY.

If you would like to become a student buddy facilitator (Facilitators help plan, promote and facilitate events throughout the semester) you can complete this form – I WANT TO BE A STUDENT BUDDY FACILITATOR.

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