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General details about the Mentoring program, resources, and Informal Mentoring alternatives, can be found on the Mentoring page.

Formal Mentoring is designed to provide personal individualized attention between the Mentor(s) and Mentee(s). It provides an accelerated pathway for editors to advance their skills, ranks roles, and/or community involvement.

Formal Mentoring is conducted by a Waze-approved group of Mentors.


  • A controlled personalized interaction geared to educate a mentee on particular Waze editing skills.
  • Must come to a formal agreement to start the mentorship, after careful selection of partners.
  • Only Waze can approve formal mentors.
  • Provided education is more predictable and controlled with high certainty for a positive outcome.
  • Goal oriented: intended to improve a particular mentee skill, not a particular feature on the map.
  • Repeated interaction, in a defined range of time on a specific range of topics, to improve a particular skill.
  • Helps ensure quality map edits over time as editors advance in rank.
  • Expectation is to upgrade the mentee skills, allowing the mentee to rise in rank or at least close the gap toward a rise in rank. At mentor discretion, mentee may receive a (temporary) rank change to facilitate the mentorship.

Some additional information and discussion are held in the Formal Mentoring Forum

Become a Mentor or Mentee

Supporting countries

Formal mentoring is only available in some countries, under the direction of a local or global Waze Champ responsible for mentoring in that region.

The following countries have implemented this program. For details of how it works in your country, and whether it has been implemented there yet, find your country in the list below.

Formal Mentoring Managers

Those editors responsible for managing, developing, and growing the Formal Mentoring program are listed here. Contact them if you have ideas, issues, or questions about the program.

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Mentoring is a great way to learn from those with more experience or to pass down your experience to others, but the interaction usually ends up helping everyone and creating a better Waze community for all.


Mentoring is the process where a more experienced person (the mentor) imparts knowledge and skill to one who is less experienced (the protege, or in the terms of Waze Formal Mentoring programs, the mentee).

Typically a Mentor is much more experienced than a Mentee. In some cases a Mentor may have less general experience, but significant specialty knowledge in one or more topics. For instance, such a Mentor may know a lot about a regional issue, city, or state, or type of road system. There are two main forms of mentoring in Waze; Formal Mentoring, and Informal Mentoring. One is not intended to replace the other, but instead they are designed to coexist. Each form has its' own benefits and disadvantages which will be discussed below.

Formal mentoring

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Formal Mentoring is a structured program, where a specific officially approved Waze Mentor and a Mentee are brought together, with a responsibility to accomplish a specific goal. The goal will be a defined objective, duration, and under a common set of rules, with the purpose to better some aspect of their Waze interaction. The objective may be building a particular skill over time, learning to participate in a certain aspect of the Waze community, learning how a portion of the Waze technology works, or mastering the skills required to increase the Mentees' editing rank.

Formal Mentoring can accelerate advancement of editor rank and/or roles while maintaining quality of editing and Waze Community interaction.

A Formal Mentoring arrangement will define the methods of communication, the frequency, and their intensity, and will include a definable objective, and normally a target date for completion.

Formal mentoring is still in a trial phase, and is currently only available in certain countries,

For more details on Formal Mentoring, see Mentoring/Formal.

Informal mentoring

Most of the mentoring on Waze takes place informally, without structure. Informal Mentoring goes on all the time when one Wazer asks a question of another and when one Wazer helps another. This happens any time two editors with different experience levels in some aspect of editing get together to help the Mentee better understand that aspect, and how to implement that knowledge.

We encourage you to engage in such interaction regularly and have some ideas for you here. Examples include the Waze Forum, WME Chat, dialog through Private Messages, and much more. Becoming a regular Informal Mentor is a great way to see if you're good at teaching various editing skills, and might be interested in Formal Mentoring.

Informal Mentoring usually either has no goal beyond the immediate issue at hand, or it may be a repeated interaction without an overarching defined goal guiding all of those interactions. Neither party has any formal responsibility to the other.

For more details on Informal Mentoring, see Mentoring/Informal.

Mentoring resources

A list of available resources which can be used as part of both Formal, and Informal Mentoring is available at Mentoring/Resources.

Mentoring wiki outline [edit]

This is a list of all the pages which make up the Mentoring program. If new pages are created, they should be added to this list by clicking here.

You can click to go to any page in the Mentoring suite. Please click on your country's name for information specific to you.