City of Sydney International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) program – Applications NOW OPEN

City of Sydney International Student Leadership and Ambassador (ISLA) program – Applications NOW OPEN

The City’s award-winning international student leadership and ambassador program aims to increase the positive experience of all international students, and build Sydney’s reputation as a preferred destination to study.

The program offers free training, work integrated learning, and volunteering opportunities to enhance your leadership skills and experience and support your future career. You’ll have an opportunity to make new friends, build a local support network and develop a sense of belonging, while getting involved in local events and activities.

The 2018–20 program is open for applications until 2 September 2018.

Apply here

Student Stories: Volunteering at the Welcome Desk!

Student Stories: Volunteering at the Welcome Desk!

UNLEASH YOUR POTENTIAL BY BENEFITTING OTHERS

I joined as a crew member at the International Student Welcome Desk in February 2018. It is a service managed by StudyNSW through a formal work integrated learning program under the Department of Industry of NSW. Situated at the arrival terminal at Sydney international airport, the desk is staffed by volunteers who are local and international students. As volunteer crew members, we are there to greet and provide assistance such as offering orientation advice and distribute guides to international students who have just arrived at the airport.

To join as a crew member, I submitted an online application. Once the application processed, I was invited to attend a compulsory training led by TAFE. The training was conducted at the airport which consisted of information about the role and responsibility of a crew desk, explanation about code of conduct and safety protocols. In addition, we also did role plays to practice how to deliver good customer services and a tour around to get all the participants familiar with the location. After completing the training, then I was ready to work on my shifts at the desk. As a volunteer, I had the flexibility to sign up for shifts according to my availability and it was done through online portal so that was very convenient. I was required to do at least 20 hours of service to complete this program and receive a certificate of acknowledgement.

Working as a volunteer in this program has been a valuable experience for me. From the process of applying for the program, attending the training, to doing the shifts I have gained many benefits. I had the opportunity of making friends and expanding my networking with like-minded students from many different backgrounds and universities and other educational institutions across NSW; and developing skills such as communication, team work, problem solving.

After completing the program as a crew member, StudyNSW offered me another opportunity to apply for a Team Leader position. I suppose all crews will get the same opportunity after completing the crew shift hours. The process was a little bit more complex than applying as a crew member. I was required to submit two letters of recommendation and respond to some scenarios regarding team management. Once accepted in this position, I was then asked to assist at the training program for the new crew members. Besides working at the desk with other crew members, as a Team Leader I have more responsibility in terms of making sure the program running smoothly and submitting reports to StudyNSW.

In a nutshell, this program is a great opportunity for any international students in NSW to join. It provides us with the opportunity to unleash our potential by working to provide assistance and welcome international students who have just arrived in Sydney.

More adventures soon,

Sos.

The International Student Experience – Student blog

 

My name is Sostenis. I am a student from Indonesia, currently undertaking postgraduate studies (masters by coursework) at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia.

I commenced the Combined Masters of Arts and Social Sciences specialising in Educational Leadership and TESOL in February 2017. I am from Jayapura in West Papua, Indonesia, where I hold the position of School Principal at Sekolah Papua Harapan.  I will return to Jayapura at the end of 2018 and plan to implement several key plans, a particular interest of my focus is on providing high quality education by working with the foundation where I work and the government of Papua to improve educational services there, especially the remote areas.

I am a recipient of an Australia Awards Scholarship funded by the Australian Government. As an Australia Awards awardee, besides my academic duties at university, during my time in Sydney, I have been involved in several award-enrichment activities such as participating in workshops and seminars organised by Australia Awards. In addition to that, I also like to explore other extracurricular activities such as networking, visiting colleagues’ schools, doing voluntary works and some paid part-time jobs. Living, studying and working in Sydney has been a great opportunity for me.

Through this blog, I will share some of my stories to inspire many other current/aspiring international students from all over the world to come to Australia and enjoy it to the fullest.

Volunteers Needed for Sudirman Badminton Cup

Volunteers Needed for Sudirman Badminton Cup

Sudirman Cup 2017, the largest badminton tournament in the world which will be held for the first time in Australia from May 21-28 on the Gold Coast.

See http://www.sudirmancup.com.au/

The Sudirman Cup involves over 1500 of the best male and female badminton players from 32 countries and featuring the stars from Asian badminton powerhouse countries China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia. It is one of the most popular sports in Asia and has an estimated 220 million players across the world.

We are running a Community Ambassador Program on behalf of Badminton Australia, Gold Coast City Council and Tourism Events Queensland to engage student leaders from the participating countries. This is a great opportunity for students to take an active role in the tournament and represent their country of origin.

What is the Sudirman Cup 2017 Student Community Ambassador Program? 

The Community Ambassador Program is a program where selected leaders in the participating communities (i.e. Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Singapore, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, Hong Kong etc) will be awarded an honorary title of a Community Ambassador to spread the key messages about the tournament in any capacity they can, particularly through their personal and social networks and events. Leaders can come from the below list (but not limited to):

  • Local student leaders and groups
  • University representatives (including University professors, researchers and lecturers etc)
  • International student leaders and groups
  • Community specific sports clubs on campus
  • Badminton players (Male and female badminton current and past players as well as Badminton enthusiasts)

Community Ambassadors can also assist in supporting student groups to attend matches and join other community members from the general community and other universities to come together in official fan groups to support their countries.

Students appointed to the program will receive a uniform, Ambassador kit and tickets to see their country of origin’s qualifying matches.

Students can register their interest by clicking on the link below:
http://redelephant.studentvolunteer.sgizmo.com/s3/

National Council Planning Weekend – Melbourne

This last weekend the ISANA National Council gathered in Bundoora Melbourne for the annual planning weekend. The council members came from all corners of the country as well as our sister organisation in New Zealand. The council rose early and worked on plans and budget for the coming year. Look out this year for our Professional Development webinars, new awards and join us on the Gold Coast for the conference in December!

ISANA is entirely member funded and the Council and Branch members are all volunteers.

Student Blogger: We Volunteer To Give Back!

Student Blogger: We Volunteer To Give Back!

“When My Energy and Efforts Meets someone needs that the is best part of living for me”

The best Volunteering Event of City of Melbourne :: International Students is Back but this year It’s big and you need have the Fear Of Missig Out(FOMO) this one as this will happen once in 3 Years VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

The Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome is a special event that recognises and celebrates students’ contributions to the cultural life and diversity of the City (including nearly 33,000 international students who live and study in Melbourne’s central city).

Volunteer for the biggest City of Melbourne Student Welcome – ever!
Click here to volunteer

These are pictures from last year, We had so much fun can’t wait for this year Again 😀😀😀😀
#oldmemories #wedoitagain #biggerbetter #Diversity #volunteer #giveback #intled #cisa #isana #internationalstudentvolunteer

Photo Credit- Andrew Coulter

 

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