Have you always wanted to know what it would be like to take care of a big family? And do you want to experience the AID again? Then subscribe to be a mentor! Together with another mentor you will show a group of upcoming students of Wageningen University and Aeres University of Applied Sciences what it's like to be a student in Wageningen. You are the one who is going to make them feel at home in Wageningen! This year the AID will take place from the 17th till the 22th of August. The registrations for mentors are not open yet, but will open in April. So keep an eye on our website and facebook!
Of course we will give you some instructions. If you want to become a mentor, you have to attend a mentor training during a weekend in Wageningen. During the training you will be taught how to run your AID-family, how to break the ice, deal with challenges that might occur in your AID family and you will get to know your fellow mentor a bit better. Besides that, the training is nice and informative.
There are three different types of mentors: mentors for BSc-groups, mentors for MSc-groups and MSc light guides.
For more information about the difference between MSc-light and MSc-regular click here.
As a mentor, you need to pay €37,50, which is half the amount an AID participant needs to pay. For this, you get everything your AIDchildren will also get. This is: lunch and dinner for most of the AID week, a nice AID-goodie bag, access to all activities, a nice training weekend (including lunches) and an unforgettable week!
As a mentor you are responsible for guiding your group before and during the AID. Below is a list of things you have to arrange beforehand and how you can be a responsible parent. During the mentor training, we'll elaborate on this and in the mentor handbook you can also find more info.
Contact your group members before the AID! It’s important that the new students know that they don’t have to worry about anything before the AID starts. Ask them if they have a bicycle and if they have a place to sleep. If they don’t have a bicycle try to borrow one from a friend. If your group members don’t have a place to sleep, you can ask other group members if they have place for someone to sleep over during the AID. Another option is to ask a friend to give your group member a place to sleep for the week. It is better to let group members stay at each other’s houses instead of your own. This is to prevent personal favorites of a mentor in the group. Student associations also have some rooms available, but there is still a limited amount of places to sleep.
Be there for your group. It is your primary task to take care of your group members and make them feel at home. This remains your task throughout the entire AID.
Sign up for activities. There are several parts of the AID program that you need to sign up for: the Beercantus, the Comedy Night (BSc) and the Dutch Workshops (MSc).
Be in time for every part of the program! The organizations, artists and other participants will appreciate it if you arrive in time. Of course this is also better for you and your group, otherwise you won’t get the full experience of the AID.
Accompany new students to their home. Some group members might want to go home earlier than others.
If you notice that they don’t want to go alone –for example because they are not sure if they can find it on their own- then consider to accompany them to their home so they feel safe.
If one of your children is not feeling well, make sure that they get home safe. Walk or cycle them home to prevent accidents. And make sure they use alcohol responsibly.
If your children want to party all night you don’t have to stay. It’s more important that you stay fit the whole week, so try to get some sleep.
Stay sober enough. Of course we don’t forbid you to drink alcoholic drinks, but please try to limit the amount of alcohol you drink. As a mentor you are an example for new students, please try to be a good example.
There are some moments during the AID that you don’t have to be present (and you can e.g. sleep a bit more). These moments are during the study day (for bachelor groups on Monday, for master groups on Tuesday). During the College Tour we expect you to join your group!
For the rest of the program, you are required to be present with your group (excluding the night program).Every year BSc mentors and MSc Regular mentors take part in a Mentor Training before the AID. MSc Light guides do not have to follow a mentor training, they get a training afternoon the day before the AID (August 18th).
During the training you and your co-mentor will be placed in a group together with other mentors and two trainers. With the help of the trainers, you will learn things about yourself, your co-mentor and guiding a group, which will all be very important during the AID. You will do role playing games, some exercises, learn theory and you will also get to know the other mentors.
The training for Msc mentors will be on the 16th of August this year!