How to Become a Volunteer

Become a Peer Health Educator!

Program Information and Application Process

The application for the 2020-2021 Peer Health Educator cohort is closed. Inquiries can be directed to PWS@wwu.edu

The Peer Health Educator (PHE) Program accepts applications throughout Fall and Winter quarter for the following academic 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 by 5pm on Sunday, March 15, 2020. 
  2. Participate in the Program Interview and Orientation process (will be conducted virtually during the week of May 4, details TBA)
  3. Applicants will be emailed a decision letter within two weeks of the interview and orientation event. 

Program Requirements for Accepted Applicants:

  • Attend a full week of PHE training during the week before Fall Quarter classes begin (Sept 14-18). 

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:
    • Planning and implementing health promotion events 
    • Facilitating workshops on various health topics
    • Being a knowledgeable and supportive resource for friends and peers
    • Advocating for policies, practices and resources that support the well-being of our campus community

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!”