How to Become a Volunteer

Program Information and Application Process

Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort of Peer Health Educators are now closed! If you are interested in applying to the program, be sure to check back here in September for the next application cycle. 

The Peer Health Educator (PHE) Program accepts applications throughout the year. Applicants are required to attend an interview and orientation during spring quarter. Within two weeks of your interview, you will be notified whether or not you were selected and if so, which topic group you have been placed in. All PHEs will complete their topic group training during the week before Fall quarter classes start. Once fully trained, PHEs will volunteer 3-5 hours per week beginning in Fall as members of their topic group.

See below for detailed information about the application and training process. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email pws@wwu.edu or call 360-650-2993.

What You Need to Know

The Application Process

  1. Submit a completed Peer Health Educator Application. 2020 dates to be announced. 
  2. If invited, attend the interview and orientation day in spring quarter. 2020 dates to be announced. 
  3. Applicants will be emailed a decision letter within two weeks of the interview and orientation date. 

Program Requirements for Accepted Applicants:

  • Attend a 5-day topic group training during the week before Fall Quarter classes begin (2020 dates to be announced). Fall training is typically 30-40 hours depending on topic group.  

Topic group opportunities for Peer Health Educators:

Peer Health Educator Roles and Activities

  • Following completion of all required trainings, PHEs will volunteer an average of 3-5 hours per week with their specific topic groups under the guidance of a PWS staff member. This includes attending a weekly group meeting throughout the school year as well as participating in both formal and informal health promotion activities as directed. These activities may include:
    • Presenting educational workshops and trainings
    • Providing structured one-on-one informational sessions with students
    • Participating in tabling and general outreach events
    • Being a role model and support within one’s personal/social network by providing helpful information and referrals to classmates, friends, roommates, etc. 

What Students Say

“The other people in the program are incredible and you get to be part of a really great community.”

“You get to contribute to the health and wellness of Western which is very rewarding.”

“The training you receive will stay with you your whole life, even if you don't work with that subject matter again. The fact that you know about resources, how to seek them out, how to utilize them, and how to refer others so they can receive the help they need is something that will be valuable in whatever you do with your life.”

“The core staff members are a group of amazing people and the nature of the program allows you to develop meaningful relationships with them and they can serve as excellent references for you.”

“Looks great on your resume!”