IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 5, May 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
The aim of the paper is to present the results of a qualitative research into mentors’ perceptions of participating in a pilot mentoring program for pre-service English teachers. The study investigates mentors’ motives for mentoring as well as the outcomes for the mentors. The findings corroborate the findings of previous research. The survey revealed that the most common motives were the desire to support novice teachers and the need for professional development. The benefits of mentoring for the mentors included enhanced professional learning as well as personal growth and satisfaction. The most common challenge was the increased workload. Mentors’ suggestions on how to improve the mentoring program can be taken into account in planning future mentoring programs.