Friends without borders

Friends Without Borders (FWB)

Friends Without Borders (FWB) is a 6 week intercultural peer mentorship program that builds social and cultural connections. The program is offered virtually during COVID-19 restrictions.

Friends Without Borders promotes intercultural learning by empowering you to become a global citizen through cross-cultural exchange. Canadian and International students have the opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity at UFV. Qualifying student can also receive credits on their UFV Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Who can be a Friend?

Anyone who is a student at UFV can apply as a Friend.‌‌

Whether you are a domestic or international student you can learn new cultural perspectives by connecting with friends from diverse cultural backgrounds. You also can improve your communication skills across cultures.

Through fun events, activities, and weekly sessions with mentors you can learn new cultural perspectives by connecting with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. You develop friendship, increase your cultural knowledge, and improve your communication skills across cultures. If you're a new student, you also benefit by receiving support towards a successful transition and integration to UFV.



Who can be a mentor?

To be a Mentor, you must:

  1. Have leadership skills.
  2. Have participated in Friends without Borders for at least one semester (Preferred).
  3. Attend the mandatory training session.
  4. Be available for mentor meetings.
  5. Be available for FWB sessions.
  6. Attend an interview.
  7. Be ready to have fun.

What is the role of a Mentor?

Mentors play a leadership role in the Friends Without Borders (FWB) program by planning and leading FWB sessions. Mentors provide assistance, guidance, and support to Friends in the program while having fun.

Mentors play an extremely valuable role in supporting peers. Qualifying mentors receive credits on thier UFV Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and are recongized as student leaders at UFV.



Charlotte Xia during UFV Holi festival

On March 6th, we joined the Holi celebration, which was very new to me. It was the first time I heard about this Indian event and we had so much fun with all the colour throwing and were unrecognizable by the end.

We were crazy about it. And in the afternoon of the same day, we also joined the Lunar Year party, and I liked the food there. These three months have been awesomely incredible, and I am looking forward to other future events.

  • – Charlotte Xia
  •    UFV student
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