What is the Peer Buddy Program?

Become a Peer Buddy

Let us know that you are interested and we will follow up with next steps.
Admission is rolling, but spaces fill quickly. Selections will be made by September 10, 2021.

Program Details

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.

Full or Partial Contracts
Partial contract participants meet for six conversation hours. Full contracts add Friday meetings (10:30-12).

Timeline
Apply by 9-10-2021 to participate this semester. If it isn't a good time, let's plan for Spring 2022! 😊

From Mid-September through end-October 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.

Reports from the Program

Peers Lead the Way

"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."

Candid Discussions

"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."

A Group Effort

"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."

How does the Peer Buddy Program work?