BCCIE’s pilot mentorship program began in 2013. Paired by common interests and goals, our mentors guided their mentees into new phases of their careers, helped their mentees meet key contacts in the international education sector, and provided support and guidance in various other capacities. The BCCIE Mentorship Program is a 10-month program that runs from September through June.

For information on the application deadline and the application process please see the
Apply to be a Mentor or Mentee section below. Questions? Send us an email at mentorship@bccie.bc.ca

Why the BCCIE Mentorship Program?

The goal of the BCCIE Mentorship Program is to enhance the BC tradition of the exchange of best practices between generations and cultures of international education professionals. Our program is unique in that it offers mentoring across the international education sector (including K-12, Post-Secondary and Language) as opposed to within an organization or between professor and student.

To learn more about the program, please view our video below.

You can participate in the BCCIE Mentorship Program in two different ways:

  1. Formal program
    The formal program gives mentors and mentees a structure for their collaboration. The formal program has a few more requirements for participants to fulfill than the self-directed program.
  2. Self-directed program
    A complement to the formal program, the self-directed program allows mentors and mentees a more flexible schedule. 

Formal Mentorship Program Details

Our formal mentorship program has a structured format and includes specific expectations and organizational support. BCCIE’s formal mentorship program expectations:
  • Communicate at least 2 hours per month
  • Participate in 1 professional development activity together
  • Meet for a full day of job shadowing at the mentee's place of work
  • Meet for a full day of job shadowing at the mentor's place of work
  • Attend BCCIE's annual conference, and deliver a 10 minute presentation with your respective mentor/mentee about the experiences you have had and what you have learned over the course of the year
  • Complete a final evaluation at the end of the program
BCCIE's formal mentorship program support:
  • Complimentary registration for the mentee to BCCIE's annual conference
  • $500* per pairing for program expenses
  • One mid-year mentorship event
  • Continued support from BCCIE including a BCCIE support staff member available for questions or concerns throughout the duration of the program
*Taxable income

Self-Directed Mentorship Program Details

Our self-directed mentorship program has minimal structure and fewer requirements to fulfill. BCCIE's self-directed mentorship program acts as a complement to our formal mentorship program. BCCIE's self-directed mentorship program expectations:
  • Communicate with your mentor/mentee through the duration of the year (a suggested minimum of 2 hours per month)
  • Meet again at BCCIE's annual conference for our year-end mentorship program event
BCCIE support self-directed mentorship participants can expect to receive:
  • Continued support from BCCIE including updates on PD events in BC and other international news
  • BCCIE support staff member available for questions or concerns throughout the duration of the program
  • Periodic check-ins throughout the year
  • A year-end mentorship program event during BCCIE's annual conference
  • One mid-year mentorship event

Apply to be a Mentor or a Mentee

Applications are now open for the 2024 Mentorship Program. To be considered, please apply by July 15, 2024.

A BCCIE mentee is:
An international educator based in BC, actively working and interested in receiving guidance and support in a specific sector of international education such as language, K-12, or post-secondary. 

A BCCIE mentor is:
A higher level administrator or professional currently living and working in BC with 8+ years of experience (this can vary depending on the individual’s accomplishments and leadership experience) in a specific sector and field of international education.

Please note that you need to view the above forms in Adobe Acrobat to enable the digital signature option. Once accepted to the mentorship program, you will need to complete the Supervisor Approval Form 2024/25. The application for the formal mentorship program and the self-directed mentorship program are the same. In order to ensure institutional support, all BCCIE mentorship participants must have their supervisors approve their participation by signing our Supervisor Approval Form.