Expectations of Mentees

MTI International East Africa relies on the mentorship process in determining if mentees are ready to offer quality service to the public to ensure the sanctity of the mediation process. The information and recommendations of the mentor, as reflected in the completed Verification of Observation, Mentee Evaluation, and Mentee Portfolio forms, are critical to this determination.

The mentee should view the mentorship process as the opportunity to observe mediation skills in use by the mentor, to practice and/or hone the mediation skills required for that co-mediation, and to demonstrate the skills learned during training. Typically, mentees should plan to take the lead in more stages of the mediation as additional cases are co-mediated and skill level increases

MTI International East Africa  expects the mentee to;

  • Respect and value the insights and guidance of the mentors.
  • Dress appropriately for the type of case and venue. Business dress is usually most appropriate for court annexed mediation cases whether conducted in court or in an office location.
  • Participate fully and work cooperatively with the mentor to make sure each step of the mentoring process occurs, including the 20 to 40 minute pre- and post mediation sessions.
  • Complete the required number of observations and co-mediation cases needed to fulfill the requirements for completing mentorship. These requirements include:
  • Completing the appropriate number and type of cases required for mentorship (I.E 3 Mediations)
  • Drafting a settlement agreement for at least one of the co-mediations; and
  • Work with at least two mentors during the course of the mentorship to enhance the opportunity to learn from mediators with different styles and to be coached and mentored by mediators who will see different strengths and weaknesses. Mentees may seek a waiver of this requirement where circumstances beyond their control preclude the ability to work with two mentors. Mentees should contact MTI International East Africa secretariat for assistance, if needed, in finding mentorship opportunities.
  • Ensure that reflection and learning takes place between mentorship experiences. The cases that mentees work on during the mentorship are likely to require weeks or months to complete. Therefore, mentees should not observe or co-mediate more than two cases per week during their mentorship.


Mentees should recognize that the availability of cases, as well as no-shows/cancellations, might affect the scheduling for observation or co-mediation purposes.

Understand that the mentor may recommend additional casework beyond the minimum required number of cases during mentorship.

Complete “Section IV: Mentee Feedback” of the Mentee Evaluation when the form is received from the mentor.

Keep all of the completed Verification of Observation, Mentee Evaluation, and Mentee Portfolio forms received from mentors. All of the forms must be submitted (regardless of the nature of the feedback) to MTI International East Africa, as well as a copy of an agreement. The mentee should retain a copy of all forms.