Checkout the ZIN Glossary for a breakdown of frequently used Zumba® terminology.
This program should take approximately eight weeks to complete five meetings with your mentee(s).
Below, you'll find a sample calendar for the mentoring process. To allow the mentees time to practice and solidify skills they learn in the skills meetings, we suggest spacing the meetings approximately one week apart.
Once mentors and mentees have enrolled in the Program and have teamed up through our matching system:
Week One – Connect with your mentee by phone or email and arrange your first meeting. Send your mentee their self-assessment form and discuss what to expect for the first meeting.
Week Two – First meeting with your mentee. Talk about goals, self-assessment, and observe mentee teach 1-2 songs. Decide, together, which skills need the most practice.
Weeks Three through Seven – Three skills meetings, using exercises in the manual that will be most helpful to improve the mentee's skills. Mentor should select 3-5 exercises prior to each meeting and work on these concepts with the mentee. In order to give the mentee time to practice and solidify the skills learned during these meetings, they should be scheduled approximately one week apart. Extra time is budgeted into the calendar for vacations, scheduling issues, etc. If the meetings finish sooner than week seven, you may proceed to the final meeting sooner than week eight.
Week Eight – Final meeting with mentee to celebrate the mentee's growth, help the mentee set goals for future growth.
The typical time commitment for the mentor is 8-12 hours per mentee, or 1-2 hours per week. The mentee will be expected to practice the skills taught by the mentor and also to attend several other instructors' classes; therefore the mentee's time commitment will be approximately twice that of the mentor's.
Each Zumba® instructor is a unique individual. The most successful mentoring relationship starts from a clear communication between mentor and mentee - communication regarding what skills the mentee needs to learn, how the mentor can help the mentee, and what timeframe the two agree to work together towards developing those skills. This is done during the first meeting. Some mentees will learn quickly and may be ready to teach individual songs or even an entire class at the end of the mentoring period, while others may need a little more practice before they are ready to teach. In some cases, you may have a mentee that will need extensive practice before they are ready to teach. Success is measured based on the mentor and mentee's agreement that these two objectives have been achieved:
Most mentoring teams will be matched online through our matching process.
ZMP participants will receive an email from the online matching website. Within the website, you will have the opportunity to enter your name, contact information, and the distance you are willing to travel to mentor. Mentees will examine the list of mentors in their area and will request mentors through the team matching website.
As you are getting to know your potential mentee, consider the following:
We hope to do as much matching as possible using our online matching process. However, there may not always be a perfect match between the locations of our mentors and mentees. If there isn't a geographical match for you during our call for participants, you may still participate as a mentor, perhaps as a remote mentor to a mentee who lives far away. This mentoring process could take place mostly through phone calls, emails, social media chats and/or videos.
If the mentee would like to continue working on their teaching skills, they may enroll for another round of mentoring. They may do so with you, or with another mentor if they choose. Mentees may participate in the mentoring experience as many times as they'd like.
As many times as you'd like! Once you enroll as a mentor, you will remain in the system as a mentor. If there is a period of time that you cannot be available to work with a mentee, you can easily switch your availability to inactive in your mentoring dashboard.
As many times as you'd like! Whether you just graduated, ended early, or want to revisit the program at a later date - there are no limitations to how many times you can enroll as a mentee to improve your skills.