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Langara Global is a central service resource for students. We are here to help students with general questions about living in Vancouver, studying at Langara, and getting involved on campus.

We offer many programs to give you opportunities to get involved with our community.

International Education Volunteer Program (IEVP)

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The International Education Volunteer Program (IEVP) supports special events and ongoing activities for international students at Langara.

Volunteers receive training and orientation to gain valuable skills while supporting the Langara Global office. IEVP volunteers plan and organize a variety of cultural events, social gatherings, and recreational activities.

Langara Global recruits new IEVP members by advertising in the newsletter, social media, the VOLT website, and posters outside the Langara Global office. This opportunity is open to international, domestic, and indigenous students enrolled in a University Transfer, Career, or Degree program at Langara.

Examples of volunteer opportunities:

  • Participate in a committee to plan off-campus events
  • Lead campus tours and assist at orientation sessions
  • Assist at on-campus cultural and special events
  • Provide translation services

Volunteering has many benefits. Volunteers feel great about helping others, meeting new people, experiencing new things, and developing new skills. In appreciation of their contributions, each IEVP volunteer is presented with a reference letter and a Statement of Achievement at the completion of their time in the International Education Volunteer Program. Other incentives may be awarded to exceptional volunteers.

All selected volunteers are enthusiastic, outgoing, and willing to be trained by the Langara Global team. In addition, all volunteers must:

  • Be a full-time students (i.e. at least 9 credits/semester) at Langara College during the academic year (September to April).
  • Be in Regular Studies or a CS Degree or Certificate program
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.33
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 15 hours per semester
  • Commit to volunteering for a minimum of two semesters

We recruit new IEVP members by advertising in the IE News and on our social media pages.

We have completed our recruitment for Spring Semester. Please continue to check this page or follow us on Instagram to learn about our next recruitment!

Langara PLUS

To be competitive both academically and professionally, students need more than just a high GPA. It’s important you are a well-rounded individual with different experiences that will help you get a job uon graduation. The Langara PLUS Program is a special program developed especially for international students at Langara.

The Langara PLUS Program aims to:

  • improve your social and interpersonal skills
  • develop your intercultural awareness
  • improve your physical fitness
  • enhance your application to university
  • maximize your opportunity for success

Through the Langara PLUS Program students can participate in a variety of workshops and events organized through the Langara Global office and other departments at Langara. These activities provide students with academic support, as well as recreational and social opportunities.

All workshops and events attended are recorded in the Langara PLUS Passport. You accumulate points towards a bronze, silver, or gold Langara PLUS Statement of Achievement.

Social and Cultural Activities

  • Welcome i-Café
  • i-Chat – practice English with peers
  • Cultural celebrations
  • i-Eat – join other students to try food from different parts of the world at local restaurants

Recreational Activities

  • Drop-in sports
  • Langara Falcons game
  • i-Go activities – join other students in planned activities around Vancouver

Lifestyle and Immigration Workshops

  • BC Medical Service Plan and short term medical insurance
  • Co-op work permit
  • Study permit
  • Fraud awareness
  • Post Grad Work Permit (PGWP)

LEAP Study Skills and Success Workshops

  • Going to the bank
  • Intercultural teams
  • Communication strategies
  • Talking about problems
  • Hanging out

Students who attend Langara PLUS activities and select other workshops provided by Counselling Services or the Co-op and Career Development Centre can earn a Statement of Achievement Certificate that can be used to enhance your application for further studies or for employment.

There are three levels of Langara PLUS:

  • Bronze – 20 Langara PLUS points
  • Silver – 35 Langara PLUS points
  • Gold – 50 Langara PLUS points

The Langara PLUS program is temporarily suspended. When it resumes, you can pick up a Langara PLUS passport from the Langara Global office for details on earning points towards bronze, silver, or gold levels.

i-Guide Mentorship

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The i-Guide Mentorship Program matches current students with new international students during their first semester at Langara College. I-Guide mentors have studied at Langara for at least one semester – they provide guidance, advice, support, and friendship to new or less experienced students.

For many international students, the first semester in a new country can be lonely and can cause stress as they struggle with the cultural adjustment. The i-Guide program helps new students adapt more easily and feel connected to the college community.

  • Students will be paired by the Langara Global team based on the information provided in the application
  • Mentors and mentees will first meet in person at a welcome social and reception at the beginning of the semester
  • Mentors will reach out to their assigned student at least once per week for one semester

  • Meeting for coffee or lunch
  • Answering questions about Langara, Vancouver, and Canadian culture
  • Helping new students with the essential (library, transit, shopping, banking, or mobile phone services)
  • Participating in social, cultural, or recreational activities at Langara or in Vancouver

Students must meet the following requirements to be an i-Guide mentor:

  • A current international student, on a study permit, registered at Langara in a regular studies or career program
  • Be in good academic standing and have successfully completed at least one semester at Langara
  • Have an interest to learn about different cultures
  • Have an ability to communicate in English with students who may not speak the same first language as you
  • Make a commitment to spend some time helping a new international student adjust to Langara and Vancouver

i-Guide mentors will also agree to the program expectations of participation and abide by the program policies. i-Guide mentors must attend both the training and orientation workshop and the welcome social and reception. Dates for these events will be communicated in advance.

New international students can apply to be matched with an i-Guide mentor before the start of their first semester. Once you are matched with a mentor, an International Student Coordinator will provide you with contact information and invite you to a welcome social and reception so you can meet in person.

Students who request an i-Guide mentor are expected to agree to the program expectations and to participate in the program for the full semester. This means being willing to meet, or have direct contact, with your mentor at least once per week. The mentors have committed to being your partner for the semester and they are looking forward to helping you, getting to know you, and becoming your friend.

Tips for a successful partnership:

  • Your mentor is here to help you become more independent and comfortable with life at Langara and in Vancouver.
  • Your mentor does not know absolutely everything about Langara, Vancouver, or Canada. He or she may not be able to answer all the questions you ask, but will try to show you how to find the information you need.
  • Your mentor is neither a “taxi driver” nor a “tutor”. Ask for help but remember that your mentor signed up to be your friend – not your personal assistant.
  • You do not need to do everything your mentor suggests. If you are not interested or available, thank your mentor for the offer and say no or suggest another activity.
  • International Student Coordinators are available to assist you if there are concerns or difficulties with your mentor. We do our best to find a suitable match between mentees and mentors, but occasionally the partnership does not work out as expected. In this case we will all work together to find a solution to the problem.
  • Feel free to continue the friendship you and your mentor have developed after the one semester commitment is over.

You will meet your i-Guide mentor during a welcome social and reception at the beginning of the semester. The date, time, and location of this event will be communicated to you by email once you have been matched with a mentor. This meeting is mandatory if you sign up for the program! Make sure to mark your calendar and set a reminder on your phone once you have been informed of the date and time of the reception. If for some reason you are unable to attend the meeting, please make arrangements with an International Student Coordinator.

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