The Wellness Education Centre provides a diverse variety of volunteer opportunities in which dedicated University of Guelph students can become involved in the campus community. Our volunteers are committed to providing outreach programs and services that promote and support students’ health and well-being. If you are interested in joining one (or more!) of our volunteer teams, they are listed below.
The Wellness Education Centre’s volunteers provide support to the large-scale health promotion and wellness education programs that are offered by Student Wellness Services. These may include, but are not limited to flu vaccine clinics, mass STI testing, awareness weeks, event promotion and Leave the Pack Behind events. Volunteers sign-up for various events and the corresponding event-specific trainings on an ongoing to complete the minimum requirement of seven hours throughout the school year.
The Peer Helper Program offers experiential learning opportunities for passionate students to become more involved with on-campus organizations. As a Peer Health Educator at the Wellness Education Centre, your role involves planning and executing team-specific events, facilitating workshops, attending bi-weekly trainings and providing resources to fellow students in support of health and well-being. This program requires weekly a commitment of ten hours.
If you are a student who wants to support students who are struggling, receive extensive training in active listening and communication skills and make a difference within the University of Guelph community, SSN might be right for you! The Student Support Network is comprised of a group of trained students who provide anonymous support, assistance, and referrals to drop-ins while following the guidelines for peer counselling. All volunteers are required to commit to both the Fall and Winter semesters and complete a minimum of 150 hours (roughly 7 hours per week).
The Wellness Education Centre accepts a limited number of students each semester to complete a practicum placement focusing on a specific area of interest health and well-being. In the past, practicum students have completed projects on bystander intervention, the on-campus farmers’ market, sexual health education and more! Practicum students will have the opportunity to join an issue-based team of interest and staff the centre for a total of ten hours a week. Contact your academic program's practicum coordinator to find out if a placement with the Wellness Education Centre could fulfill your course requirements!
Visit the University of Guelph's Mental Well-Being website for more information on Mental Wellness, including how to help a friend in need, and quick tips on dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, loneliness, relationship issues, and sleep issues. Also find other healthy living resources on campus and ways to get connected and involved in your campus community for overall mental health and wellbeing.