As a PAL Leader, there is a certain amount of awareness you will need to have around working with a diverse range of students. This could be mature students, international students from different cultures or students with learning differences. As a facilitator, it is important that your sessions remain inclusive and that you take into consideration their differences in order to tailor your session to ensure that they are involved and feel comfortable.
Working in a multi-cultural learning environment is an opportunity to develop a wide range of intercultural competence skills that employers seek; however, alongside such rewards, it can also present a mixture of challenges.
It is good to consider that there may be international students in your PAL group who are familiar with being educated and studying in different ways, and that also may be struggling with the transition to moving to the UK to study. You may be an international student yourself, in which case you will understand and empathise with differences in the UK education system compared to experience in your home country.
Help your PAL students embrace difference and individuality; encourage students to share their experiences (icebreaker activities are a good tool to aid this).
Things to consider:
Speaking amongst peers (public speaking)
Increase your cross-cultural sensitivity