Student Life Ambassadors
What is a Student Life Ambassador? Student Life Ambassadors are the heart and soul of Student Life at UFV. They are enthusiastic volunteers that go out of their way to help welcome new students to UFV while being proud representatives of our university. During New Student Orientation, ambassadors are responsible for touring new students around campus and answering questions as part of a student panel as well as in casual conversations with new members to our community. Ambassadors also help out in various activities around campus including community dinners, warm welcomes, guest speakers, and much more!
What is expected of me?
We recognize how busy our students are and appreciate their commitment to UFV and Student Life. Ambassadors will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of events and opportunities throughout the year, where the main goal is to engage our students. These events can include New Student Orientation in the fall and winter semesters, Parent Orientation, conferences and retreats. Responsibilities may include:
- Leading campus tours during our orientation events
- Engaging with students throughout NSO; supporting faculty tables; taking part in opening and closing celebrations
- Engage as a member of a conference/retreat committee; participate as a member of the Coast Capital Student Leadership Board; support our students through alumni events
New Student Orientation is the main focus of the UFV Ambassador program which includes a full day event on both the Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses [separate days] with an additional ½ day training session. Ambassadors can volunteer for one or both days along with the ½ day training. In addition to NSO, Ambassadors have the opportunity to be involved in serval other fun and engaging events throughout each semester, some planned and some spontaneous.
What’s in it for me?
Great question! As a UFV Ambassador you will have a chance to represent your university and share your experiences as a student with other students! Ambassadors will have a unique insight into various event opportunities on campus and will also be entitled to the following:
- UFV Ambassador Swag
- Reference letter upon request/ building your resume
- Opportunities for paid employment
- New friends and opportunities!
Overall, you will have countless opportunities to jazz up that resume and gain valuable experiences.
What do I need to do to become an Ambassador?
The following criteria must be met if you would like to become a UFV Ambassador:
- Be a current UFV Student or Alumni
- Be motivated
- Be committed to a minimum of 10 hours per semester
- Attend one five-hour training session per semester
- Apply online
Training & Eligibility
All UFV Student Life Ambassadors must complete 1 training session per semester. Successful completion of this training session allows you to be eligible for various ambassador roles. Courses are offered twice each semester. See the Student Life Ambassador Guide for further details on the training sessions, dates and eligibility.
Swag and Rewards
As a UFV Student Life Ambassador you will not only represent your university by sharing experiences with other students, but will also have the opportunity to develop a leadership, communication and public speaking skills, as well as building great relationships with new students and fellow Ambassadors. Student Life Ambassadors will be rewarded based on the number of volunteer hours—the more hours you volunteer, the more UFV swag you can cash in for!
The Swag System
Hours you bank through each event you are involved in much be recorded on the Student Life Ambassador Hours tracking sheet. The information indicated on this record must be complete—you are responsible for getting your volunteer hours authorized. Only authorized hours are eligible to be submitted for UFV swag.
Download your copy of the Student Life Ambassador tracking sheet here.
Cash in your hours for UFV swag! As your hours add up, you will reach different levels of prizes that you can collect. Hours collected are valid within one academic year from September to August. Any remaining hours in August, that have not been cashed in, will be canceled and students must start collecting hours again the next academic year. Note that time spent in each training session will count towards hours as well. See the Student Life Ambassador Guide for further details.