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Adult Mentors

Arrupe International

Arrupe Mentors ready for an early morning departure for Logan Airport!

Role of a Mentor

Mentors are post-undergrad adults affiliated with BC as administrators, grad students, and faculty. Each pair of mentors accompanies a particular Small Community throughout their full-year experience, including the winter break immersion trip. Mentors act as guides and support to group during the in-country experience and group reflection at BC.


Mentor qualifications and expectations

  • Current graduate student or staff member at Boston College during the upcoming academic year
  • Previous experience in international service or immersion preferred
  • Commitment to Arrupe, faith sharing, social justice, and global citizenship
  • Through servant leadership, invest in student formation and community-building 
  • Be present to, support, and challenge Student Leaders as they grow into their role: Investing in these relationships generates greater transparency and trust within the leadership team; creates space for authentic affirmation, support, constructive feedback, and for student leaders to assume ownership
  • Serve as pseudo-staff with co-mentor: attuned to the dynamic lives of students, manage crisis as it arises, and respond accordingly (either directly or connecting with additional resources of the Arrupe or BC staff)
  • Co-lead the small communities while in-country through a safe, healthy, and respectful travel experience

Mentor commitment

  • Averages 5 hours per week from February of one academic year through April of the next
  • Small Group Meetings: 2 hours per week
  • Planning meetings: 1 hour per week
  • Monthly mentor lunches
Student Leader Assistance
  • Assist in the interview and selection process (March - April)
  • Travel and accompany the week long group trip during winter break (January)



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