Hello this is Amal!

29 Nov

For the next couple of weeks we are lucky to have Amal on board to help us out. Amal is completing her student placement, and I’ll let her introduce herself in her own words:

Hello this is Amal!

I’m an international student doing public health at La-Trobe Uni. I’m very excited as this is my final year of studies and I will be going back soon to Emirates where my home town is. It has been a great and a rewarding experience being in Australia and meeting new people.  I have developed many personal skills.  I have appreciated the time being away from home as it has helped me to be an independent and a very patient person when it comes in dealing with my personal issues and homesickness.

At the mean time I’m doing some hours with DIVRS to complete my required student’s placement. I’m enjoying working here, people are very nice and approachable.  I have done some hours with the Darebin City Council. I was involved in running some activities in the day of the Festival of Light and Friendship.

Today Amal investigated some of DOSA’s background. She wrote the following report on what DOSA has been up to over the past couple of years:

What DOSA has done in the recent past years?

  • Working mostly with students (international) around the age of 18-25.
  • Involving students in a social, cultural and economic aspect.

 DOSA has promoted:

  • Students home stay program.
  • Work experience program.
  • Living libraries
  • OZONE lounge drop in centre.
  • Receive the DOSA news letters.

 Recent events:

  • Festival of Light and Friendship.

Aimed to welcome international students and celebrate cultural diversity of Darebin.

  •  Welcoming international students to Darebin

Aimed to introduce students to the local culture and provide information about different services. 

  • New overseas students’ advisory committee.

Aimed to provide support to international students to aid awareness and education. 

  • Bollywood comes to Darebin.

Aimed to gather students in specific event where everyone will be involved and collaborative. 

  • Funding to support overseas students

Aimed to support the rights and wellbeing of international students 

  • Home stay – encouraging cultural exchange.

Aimed to provide a chance of a cultural exchange between a local family and international students. 

  • Home stay – host sought for overseas students.

Aimed to explore ways to provide greater support for international students facing housing stress. 

  • An invitation to international students

Aimed to invite international students in welcoming events on 17 March 2010 presented by Darebin city at present city hall.

As you can see, DOSA has been BUSY. Over the next year, DOSA will be assessing its strengths and thinking about how it can support international students who live or study in the Darebin area. If you have any feedback or ideas in this area then please leave a comment.

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