Become an SLC peer: Help fellow students and build skills!

Student Learning Commons Peers in the newly renovated SLC Common Room.

 Opportunities in Two SLC Peer Programs 

The Student Learning Commons recruits Peer Educators on an annual basis for these two volunteer opportunities, based at Burnaby or Surrey, with the opportunity to provide service virtually as well as in person.

At the end of the second term of service and any subsequent terms, Peers in either program receive a $450 honorarium (based on a 5-hour per week commitment all term, otherwise prorated). In addition, after two terms of service, Peers become eligible to apply for the SFU Library Mike McIntosh Award.


We are recruiting from March 11 to May 15 for positions starting in September 2024.

We usually accept applications in the Spring semester and early in the Summer semester for positions starting the following September. 

 How to apply

During the recruitment period, apply through :

  • Writing and Learning Peers: Job ID 6360.
  • EAL Peers: Job ID 6361

If you have questions, contact us at

 About the positions

Both programs allow you to develop transferable skills in the areas of client service, interpersonal skills, giving effective feedback, and cross-cultural communication, and will give you access to a professional reference as well as a newly decorated, semi-private study/social space in the Bennett Library.

Writing and Learning Peer Educators 

Writing and Learning Peers help their fellow students one-on-one through consultations about their writing and/or other academic strategies. We are looking for strong writers in any discipline, with at least a 3.0 GPA in relevant courses. Writing and Learning Peers develop and hone their own academic skills through the process of reviewing other students’ work. The time commitment is 5 hours per week, for two terms that do not need to be consecutive. 

Peers can earn internationally recognized tutoring certification from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

Past Peers have indicated that the experience was useful in landing co-op positions and paid employment on campus, and in furthering their career and educational goals in diverse fields such as Law, Library and Information Science, Dentistry, Medicine, Counselling Psychology, Advocacy, Academia, K-12 Teaching, Teaching English Overseas, Post-Secondary Student Services, and many others. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Peers

Join our team of English as an Additional Language (EAL) Peers and embark on a rewarding journey of personal growth and impact.  As an EAL Peer, you'll become a vital mentor to fellow students seeking to enhance their English proficiency and confidence.

We're seeking students who are not only academically strong but also possess exceptional interpersonal skills. Your role as an EAL Peer involves fostering meaningful connections by meeting one-on-one with students weekly throughout the term. Through these interactions, you'll empower them to navigate the challenges of spoken English with newfound competence and assurance.

This commitment requires 3-5 hours of your time per week for two terms, making it an enriching addition to your schedule without overwhelming your other obligations.

Past EAL Peers have leveraged their experiences to teach in BC schools, and teach English abroad in vibrant destinations like Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong. Others have pursued advanced studies in graduate school, equipped with the skills and insights gained from their time as EAL Peers.


Joint Program

If you are interested in both programs, you have the option of participating in both of them as a Joint Program, for a total of 7.5 hours per week.  Just ask us!

 Contact and further information

For more information, please contact

 About Peer Education at SFU

The two groups of Peers at the SLC are part of the larger SFU Peer Education Program, which offers a variety of volunteer experiences across the university, with a goal of fostering personal and professional development. For general information about Peer Education throughout SFU, please contact Student Engagement at

The newly renovated SLC Commons room, with couches, paintings, and plants
The newly renovated SLC Commons Room.
Accepting applications until May 15