Students Helping Students Opportunities

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Overview of Opportunities

Please contact the peer program directly for more information.

Have or know of an opportunity not here? studentlife.stuserv [at] (Email us)!

For current available opportunities, click here!

Academic Opportunities

AUS Essay Centre

The AUS Essay Centre provides free essay writing assistance from qualified tutors during the Fall and Winter academic semesters. Tutors help students with everything from structure and style to grammar and citation assistance.

Learn more about the centre here

Career Leadership Program

Career Leaders are the link between all McGill students and CaPS. The program is designed to raise awareness of the services offered by CaPS by having a group of dynamic students represent us on campus.

There are three major roles that a Career Leader can take on:

  • Outreach and Liaison (i.e. helping to facilitate events, having a presence in high traffic areas on campus)
  • Advertising & Publicity (i.e. distributing information, postering around campus)
  • Education (i.e. giving Info Sessions and workshops, reviewing CVs and LinkedIn profiles).

Learn more here.  Please note: the Career Leadership Program is currently not accepting applications. 

Homework Zone

The Homework Zone After-school Mentorship Program connects over 100 McGill students to elementary and secondary school students in schools around Montreal and Kahnawa:ke (traditional territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka). McGill students work one on one with a student or in small groups, for 3 hours a week (you pick the day!) which includes travel time. Travel expenses are covered and training and on-site support is provided. At the end of the semester, you will have: 

1. A letter of attestation from the Dean of Students 

2. Up to 30 volunteer hours credited to you on McGill's myInvolvement site

3. Valuable community and education experience 

Learn more and apply through the Homework Zone website. If you have any questions, e-mail us at hz.branches [at]

McGill Tutorial Service

McGill students are welcome to apply to be a tutor through the McGill Tutorial Service. Tutors help students who are having difficulty in a given subject, require assistance preparing for exams, or need a paper proof-read.

Learn more here

Faculty, School, and Department-Specific Opportunities


Faculty of Arts


The Arts Student Advising Program (ASAP) is a joint effort between Arts OASIS and the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). The goal of this program is to complement the advising services provided by Arts OASIS by training senior undergraduates to consult students on an anonymous basis.

Learn more here.

Faculty of Education

EduBuddy Mentoring Program

The EdUS EduBuddy Mentoring Program is a student-run initiative that started in 2012 out of a desire and need to better integrate first-year Education students to McGill. The program's goal is to foster an inclusive community in our Faculty of Education. Currently, older Education students in ALL programs (Kindergarten Elementary, Secondary, TESL, Physical Education, Kinesiology, and Music Education) are matched up with new first-year students as someone to look for guidance and friendship.

Click here to learn more

Faculty of Engineering

Engineering Peer Tutoring Services

The Engineering Peer Tutoring Service is a free tutoring service for U0 and U1 engineering students sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering. Tutorial office hours are held on a weekly basis, during which tutors help students with relevant course material, assignments and any general engineering-related subject. Tutors may also hold review sessions before midterms and final exams for most first year engineering classes as well as non-departmental courses, such as U0/U1 MATH, U0 PHYS, and COMP 208 courses.

To learn more about the courses covered and the weekly tutor schedules, visit the Engineering Peer Tutoring website here

Reboot McGill

Reboot is a student-run computer refurbishing club and is a part of the Engineering Undergraduate Society. Reboot McGill puts repaired computers from across McGill back into the hands of the McGill community, staff, faculty, graduate students and student groups.

Learn how to get involved here.  Please note: Reboot McGill is not currently recruiting volunteers. 

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law Student Well-Being Committee

The Student Well-Being Committee works under the auspices of the Law Students Association to provide programming and information for students about how to maintain and improve their physical and mental health.

Learn more here or visit the LSA / AÉD Facebook page

  • Volunteering at the Clinic - Volunteer positions are restricted to law students from McGill's Faculty of Law who have completed their first year of studies. Volunteers must participate in a mandatory training session, offered twice per year (once in early May, before our summer session, and once in September, before our fall session). Volunteering terms operate on a semesterly basis.
  • Volunteering with Student Advocacy - Any McGill student in their second or third year at the Faculty of Law is eligible for a junior advocacy position. Senior advocates must be in third or fourth year. Both senior and junior advocates have full-year terms. Application instructions for junior advocate positions are emailed to the faculty notice board in the Fall semester. Additional junior positions may exceptionally open up through the year, and these too will be emailed to the faculty notice board.

Learn more about peer support opportunities through here

Faculty of Management

Desautels Peer Program

The Volunteer Career Services Peer Program offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved in the Faculty of Management and to help fellow students learn about Career Services and the various resources we have available. Peer Ambassadors and Peer Advisors help  throughout the academic year with various initiatives such as reviewing resumes, facilitating workshops, hosting drop-in sessions, and participating in employer events. Students in the program start off as Ambassadors and can later apply to become Advisors. Through this program students develop skills beneficial in helping them succeed in their personal career preparation.

Learn more about the program herePlease note: the Desautels Peer Program is not currently recruiting Peer Ambassadors or Advisors. 

School of Nursing

Nursing Peer Mentorship Program (NPMP)

The NPMP is a peer mentoring program available to all students designed to help and support the transition into nursing. Mentors, who can be current students, and /or recent graduates are paired with a student to assist them in all aspects of university life related to the nursing program. Students who are interested in the program (as a mentor or as a mentee) and would like more information should contact the npmp.nursing [at] (Nurse Peer Mentorship) or the director, lia.sanzone [at] (Lia Sanzone)

Learn more here.

Faculty of Science

BASiC Buddies

FASC, the Freshman Arts and Science Committee, has created the ArtSci buddy program to help connect upper-years with first-years to share experiences and provide peer support.

Click here to learn more and register. 

Geography Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program

The mentoring program aims to help undergraduate Geography students prepare and plan for the future. This program matches undergraduate and graduate students with similar interests. Graduate student mentors will meet with their undergraduate students to discuss strategies for gaining life and work experience, grad school, and to answer questions about life after undergrad.
Learn more about the program here.

Neuroscience Undergraduate Buddy Program

The NUM Buddy Program is a great way to meet people in the program beyond your year of study. Younger students are paired with senior students with similar interests to help facilitate conversations, friendships, advice, and learning. Buddy meet-up events are held once a month and are guaranteed to be a good time! Pairings are made at the beginning of each year, but feel free to contact us if you missed the application. For more information about NUM, check out our Facebook group and page

Neuroscience Graduate Buddy Program

The IPN Buddy Program invites graduate students of all levels to become Senior Buddies! Your responsibilities as a Senior Buddy will be to introduce yourself to the new student buddied up with you (via e-mail) and be available to answer questions your Junior Buddy may have. 

Learn more about the program here

SUS Peer Tutoring

SUS Peer Tutors volunteer to share their knowledge of science courses with fellow students, as well as provide insights to the relevant professor's teaching approach and testing styles. SUS Peer Tutors also hold tutorials for midterm and exam season for free.

Learn more here

Support for Specific Student Populations

International Student Buddy Program

The Buddy program pairs new international students with current students who provide a friendly face, helping hand, and first Montreal friendship that can make a world of difference for new arrivals. Buddies can also offer linguistic support, cultural guidance and information about life at McGill. 

Typical "buddy" activities might include:

  • showing international students around campus
  • locating nearby banks and grocery stores
  • helping with an apartment search
  • chatting over a cup of coffee
Learn more here

Indigenous Student Mentorship Program

The Indigenous Student Mentorship Program is designed to connect new First Nations, Inuit and Métis students (Mentees) with senior Undergraduate or Graduate Indigenous students (Mentors) at McGill. Our volunteer mentors help incoming students connect with the community, navigate their first year at the university and in the city, and provide guidance and support to students as they transition to university life in Montreal.

Learn more here

Personal and Health-Related Support

Students in Mind

Students in Mind is an annual student mental health conference at McGill University that engages students in conversation regarding the importance of mental health, tackling personal stigma and encouraging peer accountability. Volunteers collaborate with a panel of executives in order to plan and facilitate the conference. 

Learn more here


The McGill Student Emergency Response Team is a student-run volunteer service, supported by the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU). Our mission is to provide a free and accessible first aid service to McGill University and the greater Montreal community. Our team is made up of 70 dedicated volunteers that are certified First Responders under the Canadian Red Cross. We carry a wide range of first aid equipment, including automated external defibrillators, oxygen tanks, cervical collars, and Epi-Pens, and we operate under nationally-recognized protocols. We respond to all McGill residences, with the exception of Solin Hall, between the hours oh 18h00 and 6h00. As an official training partner of the Canadian Red Cross, we aim to disseminate first aid knowledge and skills to the public, by offering first aid courses and certifications.

Learn more herePlease note: M-SERT is not currently operating due to social-distancing restrictions. Please check back later!

McGill Student Parent Network

The McGill Student Parent Network (MSPN) provides support for McGill students who are undergraduate or graduate students. They also provide volunteering opportunities for McGill students. Over the course of the school year, MSPN holds Study Saturdays once a month at the Thomson House in which parents get to study while volunteers and staff look after their children. In-home babysitting is also another program offered to MSPN members. Volunteers go to the home of the student parent for 3hrs/week and offer them a reprieve by playing with the children. 

Find out more herePlease note: the McGill Student Parent Network is not currently operating babysitting services. 

McGill Students' Nightline

McGill Students’ Nightline is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental listening service, run by McGill students. Nightline operators offer information, referrals, active listening, crisis management and overall support to callers depending on their needs. 

Learn more about the Nightline here! Please note: Phone lines are currently closed, but the Chat Service is open from 6:00 pm - 3:00 am everyday -

Peer Support Centre

The Peer Support Centre is a confidential service offering non-judgmental one-on-one peer support. The goal of the Peer Support Centre is to empower students to resolve whatever they may be going through by giving them the space to share their experiences and concerns. Peer Supporters go through comprehensive training on listening to and helping students with a range of issues, including but not limited to academic stress, relationships, sexuality, disordered eating, substance abuse, and campus resources. 

Click here to learn more. Please note: the Peer Support Centre is closed for the summer. 


SACOMSS welcomes volunteers to get involved in any of the organization's many services. This semester, DIAL and Advocacy will be running trainings (dates are TBD). Time commitment varies with each branch. While training itself is quite a commitment, it is a fun and transformative learning experience filled with great people and thought-provoking conversations, and volunteers grow, both personally and politically, from the training and find the support and advocacy work to be very important and rewarding.

Click here to learn more about volunteering or check out the facebook page.  

#ConsentMcGill Peer Educators

Become a #ConsentMcGill Peer Educator and help raise awareness on consent and sexual assault prevention, and make an impact on the well-being of your fellow students! #ConsentMcGill Volunteers perform the role of outreach and education and are not replacements for professionals providing support, counselling or advice. Our goal is to provide students with consent, sexual assault prevention, and healthy relationship education and referral to services.

#ConsentMcGill Peer Educators work around campus to:

  • Promote and execute events for the #ConsentMcGill campaign
  • Promote the Bystander workshops, healthy relationships, and consent
  • Raise awareness about these topics through social media outreach

#ConsentMcGill Volunteer Qualifications:

  • Ability to have honest and inclusive conversations about consent, sexual assault prevention and healthy relationships.
  • Interest in how consent and sexual assault impacts the well-being of our university students.
  • Excellent communication, organizational skills, and reliability.
  • Interest in promoting culture change.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Click here to visit Consent McGill's Facebook page. Please note: applications for the 2020/2021 Consent McGill Educators has closed. 


WALKSAFE is a volunteer SSMU service that provides free and confidential accompaniment for those who are walking at night. No matter what the reason, our volunteers will get you from A to B, safely, anywhere on the island of Montreal. 

Learn more about how to volunteer herePlease note: SSMU Walksafe is currently not operating due to social-distancing restrictions. 

SSMU DriveSafe

SSMU DriveSafe provides safe rides home to students on the Island of Montreal, Kahnawake, and Longueuil Terminus for free. You DO NOT require a driver's license to volunteer for DriveSafe! Join as a shotgun or dispatcher, and for those with their full class 5 license, volunteer as those both and as a driver! DriveSafe recruits in the Fall and Winter (September & January). If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our website or contact volunteers.drivesafe [at]
Please note: SSMU DriveSafe is not currently operating due to social-distancing restrictions. 

Leadership & Engagement

Campus Connect Ambassadors

Every spring, 30 undergraduate McGill students are hired to participate in Campus Connect events. Campus Connect events are hosted on campus for newly admitted students and their families; they include an information session, advising fair and campus tour. Ambassadors are on hand during the entire activity to help with set up, registration, mingle with guests and answer questions during the fair and lead tours. During the spring, ambassadors also:    

  • Make phone calls to newly admitted students to promote upcoming events, offer congratulations and answer questions about the student experience.
  • Contribute to building content and answering questions on the Entering Class facebook page.  
  • Participate as panelists when we host Rendezvous Webinars (these are online information sessions for newly admitted students)  
  • Occasionally give individual tours when a newly admitted student is not able to participate in a regular campus tour.
Learn more about Campus Connect here

New Student Mentorship Program

The New Student Mentorship Program facilitates on-going and meaningful connections between new and returning domestic (Canadian) McGill students. Incoming students are matched with a trained, upper-year mentor in the same faculty or department (when possible). Through regular, one-on-one check-ins throughout the academic year, mentors share valuable first-hand experience on how to navigate university life and campus resources. Monthly check-ins between mentors and mentees include topics such as effective study strategies, student-life balance, campus resources, and goal setting.

Learn more here!

Summer Send-Off (Development & Alumni Relations)

The McGill Summer Send-Off is a social event for new students coming to McGill, held in many cities around the world. Most send-offs take place between mid-June and mid-August. If you like parties, meeting new students and answering their questions, then let us know you'd like to be involved! Please note: In-person events have been canceled, including the Summer Send-Off. Please check McGill Alumni Association for more information. 

Discover McGill & Engage McGill

Discover McGill: This is a great opportunity to volunteer and help welcome the University’s new students at McGill’s largest Orientation event.  Student volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks, including group formation, orientation package and lunch distribution, University Fair setup, and the overall welcoming process.  Volunteers will need to be flexible and ready to adapt to a variety of tasks as they arise.

Engage McGill: Engage McGill is the end-of- day event on Discover McGill day and is another excellent opportunity to develop your logistical and organizational skills and contribute to creating a successful orientation event. Volunteers assist in overseeing the delivery and distribution of food, set up and installation of activities, and various other tasks. It’s a wonderful way to ensure that new students get the welcome they deserve.

Learn more about the events here

Orientation/Frosh Leader & O-Staff

Orientation Leaders are returning McGill students who help guide and acquaint new students to the McGill and Montreal communities before, during, and between organized University-wide (Discover McGill) and Faculty/interest-specific (Frosh) events throughout Orientation Week. The Orientation Leader is a key contributor to setting the tone for the week and the culture of the University and city, and helps ensure that all participants’ time is fun, safe, inclusive, and welcoming.

O-Staff are returning McGill students who help to create welcoming and well-organized environments, spaces, and operations for events and participants during Orientation Week. O-Staff are essential to the success and smooth functioning of all events.

Please note: Applications for Orientation/Frosh Leader & O-Staff have closed. Stay tuned for the 2021/2022 year!

Off-Campus Connects Facilitators

Off-Campus Connects (OCX) is an orientation day hosted by Campus Life & Engagement at the beginning of each academic year (end of August). This orientation event is geared towards incoming students not living in McGill residences. This event connects new off-campus and commuter students to one another while also informing them about the resources available to them at McGill. If you want to help students make lifelong friendships and welcome them to McGill apply to become an OCX Facilitator or Logistics Volunteer! Facilitators will lead groups of approximately 25 first-years with a co-facilitator. Our Logistics Volunteers help to set up the event and ensure groups transition smoothly between activities throughout the day.

ACCE (Ambassadors for Campus and Community Engagement) Team

The ACCE Team Program is instrumental in promoting involvement and building community at McGill. This team of students encourage fellow students to get involved in the campus and/or Montreal community, as we know from research and experience that this helps develop students' leadership and life skills as well as enriches their academic career.  If you want to:

  • improve your facilitation, leadership, peer-coaching and communication skills,
  • challenge yourself to lead workshops, develop your communications and public speaking skills,
  • make a meaningful contribution to the McGill community, then you should apply!

Click here for more info. 

Student Academic Staff (Floor Fellows/MORE Fellows/Dons)

Upper-year, full-time students live in student residences alongside a largely first-year population, and are responsible for community-building and peer counselling, through organized initiatives, but also largely through role-modelling. 

Find out how to get involved herePlease note: Floor Fellow recruitment applications for the 2020/2021 school year have closed. 

Office of Religious & Spiritual Life (MORSL)

The McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life regularly issues calls for volunteers to help with outreach, interfaith initiatives and community projects. Current opportunities are listed on MORSL’s volunteer page, and new projects are announced in our weekly newsletter. Subscribe online and tick the box for volunteer opportunities. For general inquiries, morsl [at] (email MORSL).

Grads Connects (GX) Facilitators

Grads Connect is an orientation day hosted by Campus Life & Engagement at the beginning of each academic year (end of August). Students are introduced to resources as well as each other on this activity-filled day. Facilitators, working in pairs, lead groups of approximately 25 students through various activities across the downtown campus and the neighboring community. More information coming soon!

Why volunteer?

Did you know that the benefits of student-to-student peer support during university years are well-documented, most notably in Newton & Ender's 2010 book, Students Helping Students?  Support from peers is effective because the peer has experience and awareness of what you may be going through and can easily identify with your situation. The peer helper also shares a similar generational perspective and can relate to contemporary concerns. 

Don't believe us? Hear from your peers why supporting each other is so powerful. 

Bonus! Your volunteer efforts may also be captured in the Co-Curricular Record on myInvolvement! 

Professional Development Opportunities 

As a McGill student in a peer support role, many professional development opportunities are available to you. Check out the SKILLS21 website for a list of current opportunities that will help you become a better peer supporter. You can also see additional workshops on myInvolvement



Sample topics include: 

  • Sustainability, including social and environmental sustainability
  • Spaces and inclusion
  • Barriers, including physical barriers, programmatic barriers, and barriers related to intersectional identities
  • Accessibility and issues of dis/ability
  • Being an active bystander
  • Consent and sex
  • Sexual violence
  • Responding to disclosures of sexual violence
  • Power dynamics
  • Alcohol and its impact on one’s ability to consent to sexual activity
  • Resources available at McGill and in Montreal
  • Alcohol, including reducing alcohol use and harm reduction strategies
  • Drugs, including Frosh policies (zero-tolerance) and harm reduction strategies
  • First aid, mental health, and responding to medical emergencies
  • Community respect, including how to interact with the Milton-Parc Community

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit the Land Acknowledgement webpage.


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