Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

June 10, 2015

Support visiting Japanese students

UW International & English Language Programs is seeking upper-level UW undergraduates (juniors and seniors) or graduate students to assist as peer mentors and instructors with Japanese students visiting from Tokyo’s Keio University. The course, “Humans and the Environment in the Pacific Northwest,” will introduce the students to topics ranging from forest ecology, water quality, and waste to green building, restoration ecology and urban food sustainability. Peer facilitators will accompany students and instructors on field trips to places such as Mt. Rainier and activities like hiking and canoeing, as well as mentoring students on topic-based research projects.

To qualify, potential Peer Facilitators should be current or recently graduated UW students available for the majority of the course, weekdays during the day, August 3rd-23rd as well as one overnight field trip from August 8th-9th and one half-day orientation in July.

Benefits include individualized mentoring and teaching practice, resume-building experience, the opportunity to visit interesting places in the Pacific Northwest, as well as new friendships and cross-cultural connections. UW students can earn up to 5 course credits in independent study or Capstone credits, or may serve as official UW volunteers.

Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The positions are open until filled.


Skill requirements: 1-2 years of related experience and/or education, an enthusiasm to work as a peer facilitator with international students, and a valid driver’s license.

Start date: August 3rd (1/2 day orientation in July)

End date: August 23rd

Location: UW, day  trips in Seattle, and one overnight trip

How to apply:

Please email course instructor Michael Lewis at with questions. If interested in the position, please include in the email your interest, your relevant knowledge and experience, and your availability.

Supervisor contact info:

Michael Lewis