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.

Why the BCCIE International Education Mentorship Program?

The goal of the BCCIE International Education Mentorship Program is to enhance the BC tradition of the exchange of best practices between generations and cultures of international education professionals. The BCCIE International Education Mentorship 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 and is ideal for those residing in different cities. 

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 webinar together and discuss the presentation post-event
  • 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 Summer 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 Summer Conference
  • $500* per pairing to go towards travel, job shadowing, conference expenses, etc.
  • One mid-year mentorship event in Vancouver
  • Continued support from BCCIE including a BCCIE support staff member available for questions or concerns throughout the duration of the program 

*Taxable income


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 Summer 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 Summer Conference

A BCCIE Mentee is:
A practicing International Educator currently living and working in BC that is interested in receiving guidance and support in a specific sector (Language, K-12 or Post-Secondary) of International Education. Click here to download the Mentee Application Form. Applications are due July 30, 2021.

A BCCIE Mentor is:
A higher level administrator or professor 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. Click here to download the Mentor Application Form. Applications are due July 30, 2021.

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 2021/22. 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.


Below are resources that the BCCIE Mentorship Program Team has found useful. Please contact us with any questions at

Books and Articles

  • Ensher, E. and Murphy, S. (2005) Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors And Protégés Get The Most Out Of Their Relationships.
  • Zachary L. (2000). The Mentor’s Guide. San Francisco (CA): Jossey-Bass Publishers
  • Audry J. (2007). Five Key Steps for Effective Mentoring Relationships
  • Why Sparkleponies Matter