Become a volunteer mentor at Specialisterne
Make a difference to neurodivergent adults and get to know yourself and your competencies better.
The Mentor Corps is located on Zealand
Make a difference to neurodivergent adults
As part of the volunteer Mentor Corps at Specialisterne, you work as a partner for discussion and as a guide. This relation will make an active difference to your mentee’s everyday life but it will also provide you, the mentor, with a broader understanding of neurodiversity and neurodivergent people, and you will get to know yourself and your competencies better. In this way, you create positive developments for both your mentee and yourself.
What does the mentor role involve?
- What do I gain from being a volunteer mentor? As a volunteer mentor at Specialisterne, you learn something about yourself and about your mentee. Amongst other things, you will develop your ability to empathise with others, you will gain more insight into your own communication competencies and you will make a big difference to another human being.
- You will become part of a network of other mentors and mentees.
- You will have the opportunity to share your current and new knowledge, at the same time collecting new life experiences.
- You will contribute to establishing a meaningful relation for both parties and you will make a huge difference to your mentee.
- You will have the chance to strengthen and develop your competencies and your CV.
How do I prepare for the mentor role?
- The focus is on the mentee’s thoughts and challenges so your role is to be a curious and supportive partner for discussion, giving the mentee the feeling of being met and heard wherever he or she needs it. For this reason, you should also take on an exploring role that will allow you to sense whether you should be encouraging or understanding, as an example.
- As a mentor, you are open to questions from the mentee about all kinds of topics that the mentee would like to talk about; however, you do not have to be able to answer all those questions.
- An example: How do I get started with sports? How do I balance work and leisure time? Why am I finding it so hard to be in big crowds of people? Is it OK to be social through gaming instead of going to a bar?
Who can become a volunteer mentor?
- When you start working as a volunteer mentor, you will participate in a 3-hour long introductory course to obtain the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for being a mentor and for interacting with neurodivergent people.
- As a mentor, you will continuously receive professional support and supervision.
- You will have the opportunity to participate in social events to meet other mentors and mentees.
Who can become a volunteer mentor?
- You are able to talk to your mentee at eye level and you are curious about his or her situation
- You are empathic, a good listener, supportive and motivating
- You have no criminal record (check www.borger.dk)
- You are able to meet your mentee 2-4 times a month, approx. 1 hour at a time, for at least 8 months. 8 måneder
Become a volunteer mentor
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, please click at Apply here and fill in the form.
Once you have applied, you will be contacted by the mentor corps’ contact person.
Sending an application is non-binding for you.
What happens once you have applied
- You will be contacted by the mentor corps’ contact person. The two of you will evaluate whether the role as a volunteer mentor suits you.
- Specialisterne will invite you for a 3-hour long introductory course that will prepare you for your role as a volunteer mentor.
- You will meet your mentee.
If you have questions about the volunteer Mentor Corps, or you would like us to call you, please send a message to Lea.
Contact person | Mentor Corps