Become an Orientation Guide for UCD Orientation 2018

  Applications close on May 4th 2018, offers will be made by the end of May

Are you interested in helping first year students find their way around during Orientation Week 2018?
Why not sign up to become one of the UCD Orientation Guides?

There is a long tradition among UCD students, of more experienced students helping first year students to get to grips with UCD in that first week. As an Orientation Guide you will give tours of campus, organise social events, assist in the coordination of student card collection, help with IT induction, assist parents of first year students and do everything you can to make the transition to UCD for a first year student as easy as possible.

The work carried out by UCD Orientation Guides is very much appreciated by UCD but especially by the first year students that begin college that week.

When is Orientation Week?

Orientation Week runs from Monday 3rd September through Friday 7th September, 2018, the week before term begins. It is a great way of helping first year students find their way around UCD.

Who can apply?

All students can apply. However, if you have already been accepted to be a Peer Mentor do not apply through this process.

What you have to do?

Not that much really!
All you have to do is be your helpful self and share some of your vast knowledge of UCD with new students.

Orientation Guides are asked to be available to help first year students during Orientation Week (that is the week before college officially begins) the week of 3 to 7 September 2018.

TThis year Orientation Guides are expected to be available a minimum of three days during Orientation Week. It would be expected that each guide would be available for about five hours each of those three days. But each student is asked to give as much time as they can.

However, to avail of the first year week guide benefits you must work at least three of the days.

What's in it for me?

Orientation Guides benefit in two main ways: Your CV and a token of appreciation from the University.

Each Guide will receive:

Will this help my CV?

In the current environment it can be very difficult to gain relevant work experience. However, the experience gained as a UCD Orientation Guide will be of great benefit to you when looking for a job in the future.

Working as a UCD Orientation Guide is a very valuable experience and a student can develop the following skill-set:

Do you want more responsibility?

If you have been an Orientation Guide, Peer Mentor or Student Ambassador previously and want to gain more responsibility then you might consider ticking the box to become a Senior Guide

In this role you will be responsible for some of the other Orientation Guides or assist in event organisation such as the Orientation Week BBQ, the Table Quiz, Student Card Collection, President's Welcome.

Team Leads will be expected to take on more responsibility and be available one or two days before Orientation Week. These guides will receive an extra token of appreciation from the University.

What is a Sports Orientation Guide?

Are you sporty? Would you be interested in spending a lot of time in the Sports Centre jumping on the trampoline and helping students get involved in sport during Orientation Week?

If you are interested please tick the box on the application form.

UCD Sports Guide
UCD Sports Orientation Guides will be based in the UCD Sports Centre for the week. Your role as a UCD Sports Orientation Guide is to welcome and greet each group when they tour the UCD Sports Centre as part of their Orientation campus tour. You can help make the new first years feel relaxed on their tour and encourage each member of the group to take part in the fun activities. You can be involved and help the new first year students of 2018 to walk away after their tour of UCD Sports Centre feeling 'Wow this is great!'.

Have an interest in sport and exercise.
You must be available for Orientation Guide training just prior to Orientation Week (date to be confirmed) and you must be available from 9.00am - 4.00pm from Monday 3 to Friday 7 September, 2018.

What is an International Student Orientation Guide?

We're looking for some highly motivated Orientation Guides to serve as our international student guides.

International student Orientation Guides will need to learn some general information relevant to international students. They will also be responsible for taking students on additional excursions, for example tours into the city centre.

This is a great opportunity for guides to introduce international students to UCD, Dublin and Ireland, and to meet students from around the world. So if you're interested please tick the box on the application form.

Terms and Conditions

You will be asked if you are willing to agree to these conditions:

Contact Us

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