Discover the program from the inside.

The success of the MASSIE Program depends in large part upon the enthusiasm and dedication of its many volunteers. Whether you sign up as a conversation partner, residence host, summer residence assistant, or partner family, you are sure to come away from the experience with new opportunities for friendship and and cross-cultural discovery. 

In the same way that MASSIE has the potential to be a deeply impactful experience for the program's participants, it can be just as rewarding for its volunteers. Take a moment to learn more about the program and how you can get involved. 

Information about all our volunteer (and paid) positions and partnering opportunities can be found below.

Conversation partner (summer, fall, winter)  
Hang out, chat and make a new friend: spend at least an hour per week in casual conversation with your assigned MASSIE partner.  

Residence host (fall, winter)
Sign up to welcome MASSIE students to your residence, to help them with the adjustment to residence life, and to encourage their participation in residence activities.

Residence assistant (summer) 
Live in residence with the summer MASSIE students as part of a team of Mount Allison student staff (paid).

Partner family (summer)
Sign up to include two MASSIE students as part of your summer activities.  At least one meeting per month for four months.

Trips and activities co-ordinator (fall & winter - paid)  
During the fall and winter MASSIE programs, we hire a current Mount Allison student as the trips and activities co-ordinator to help with planning, organizing, and attending MASSIE trips and activities.

During the fall MASSIE program, this student will assist with planning the orientation when the students’ first arrive, plan and organize the conversation partner meet and greet, a roommate meet and greet, a day trip to Prince Edward Island, a weekend trip to Halifax, a Halloween party, and help out with the graduation banquet and ceremony.

This is a paid position and the hired student will receive an hourly wage. The application period for this position normally opens in February and requires an application to be submitted and an interview process. For specific application period dates check in with the International Centre. 

MASSIE summer program assistant (summer - paid)  
During the summer MASSIE program, we hire a student as the MASSIE program assistant. This student will work in the International Centre full-time 35 hours per week plus occasional work on evenings and weekends. 

The primary responsibility of the program assistant is to provide administrative support to the international affairs co-ordinator, the MASSIE students, and the MASSIE teachers as well as support to the international advisor as required. 

The summer program assistant's responsibilities would include, but would not be limited to, attending MASSIE field trips, helping to organize MASSIE events, and assisting with the MASSIE radio shows.

The application period for this position normally opens in February and requires an application to be submitted and an interview process. For specific application period dates check in with the International Centre.