Beyond the Classroom
Peer Buddy Program
- Compensation. Payment is $300 for full contracts or $150 for partial contracts. The rate is approximately $20 per hour.
- Duties. Students will craft a brief personal profile, in-class presentation, conversation schedule, and time log.
- Contracts. Partial contract participants meet for six conversation hours. Full contracts add Friday meetings (10:30-12).
- Timeline. Apply by the third week of the semester to participate this semester.
For six weeks this semester you can serve as a "Peer Buddy" to approximately two Germans your age, selected by our grant-funding partners, the Herz Foundation of Hamburg, Germany. In weekly video conversations, supported with guidelines and prompts to not make it awkward, you learn about each other’s personal and professional lives and about German and US American culture. No special knowledge is necessary - just a willingness to help these Germans practice English and make friends!
A highlight of this program is the chance to meet up and talk to our peer buddies. The buddies are students of KSU and volunteered to talk to us online regularly. This weekly appointment with fixed topics quickly developed itself into great and personal talks. From the differences in healthcare in both Germany and the US to our favorite snacks we covered all kinds of topics already. The whole group of German participants is very happy about it and we all hope that, sooner or later, we can meet our buddies in person. Read more.
We welcomed our guest speaker, Vanya Allan, she is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, educator, and architecture student. [...] She gave a lecture, which was very informative and rousing. She told us about the topic of racism, the language of the African Americans and about the code-switching. She has a specific role in organizing in the BLM movement, which supports African-American oppression. She also feels that Black Lives is the correct terminology and is not just for African American, but also affects all of humanity. Read more.
Finally, our virtual trip to the USA started and everybody was very excited and had lots of expectations. We are a team of 18 trainees from all over Germany and the organizing team, 1 from Hamburg, as well as two persons from Atlanta. Unfortunately, we can’t fly to Atlanta, but instead, we will meet virtually every Friday for the next 6 weeks to learn more about American culture, business, U.S. college life and current events. Read more.