Archive | December, 2011

Help DOSA win an award and you could win a prize!

15 Dec

DOSA wants to win the Better Neighbourhoods Award so that it can win $5000 to put on a project. If you come up with the winning idea for the award then you can win a $100 gift voucher for Myers.

DOSA will be entering the Better Neighbourhoods Award, and we need your help to come up with the idea to do it. The Better Neighbourhoods Award will be given to the community group (like DOSA!) who comes up with the best idea for a project. The project has to be something that makes the Darebin community a friendlier and safer place to live, work or study in.

The competition:

DOSA is running a competition for overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area. The competition is to find the best idea for a project that meets these needs:

  • The project must benefit people who live, work, or study in the City ofDarebin.
  • The project must focus on bringing people in the community together and making the City ofDarebina welcoming community
  • The project must focus on making Darebin a place that feels safer to live in.

Get creative and suggest something thatDOSAcould do that makes Darebin feel welcoming and safe. Suggest a project that is fun and that can help overseas students:

  • Get to know local people and / or
  • educate and / or
  • support and / or
  • be supported by the Darebin community.

It could involve food, fun games, lectures, workshops, performances??? Use your imagination and you tell us!

How to enter:

Answer the questions below, and send your answers into ‘Better Neighbourhoods Award Competition’ by 5pm, 19th January, 2012. Late entries will not be accepted. You can send it to DOSA by:

Email – dosa@divrs.org.au

Post –DOSAat DIVRS,285-287 High Street,Preston, 3072

If you have any questions then please contact Meredith at dosa@divrs.org.au or 9480 8205.

 

Better Neighbourhoods Award

Project Idea Competition Entry Form

  • This competition is open to overseas students who live and / or study in the City of Darebin.
  • If you win this competition you will receive a $100 gift voucher from Myers department stores. Your idea will be used as the basis for a project that will be submitted to the City of Darebin’s Better Neighbourhoods Award.
  • Entries are due in by 5pm, 19th January, 2012. Late entries will not be accepted.

Name:………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Address: …………………………………………………………………………………

 

………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

………………………………………………………Postcode:………………………….

 

Email Address:……………………………………………………………………………

 

Phone:………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Where do you study?…………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Your Project Idea:

What will happen during the project?

 How will the project make overseas students feel less lonely or isolated?

 How will the project help overseas students connect with the Darebin community?

 How will the project make overseas students feel safer?

 Why do you think overseas students will want to take part in this project?

 Send your entry to:

dosa@divrs.org.au               OR

DOSAat DIVRS,285-287 High Street,Preston, 3072

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Hello and goodbye to Sachi!

14 Dec

Sachintha Fernando is an overseas student who has kindly volunteered her time to help write a grant for DOSA. This blog introduces Sachi as a DOSA volunteer, but also sadly wishes her farewell as she is going back to Sri Lanka this week:

My name is Sachintha and for the last 6 months I studied Business economics at La Trobe University.  I was an exchange student from Sri Lanka, a beautiful tropical island centered in the Indian Ocean.  

Studying and living in Australia has being an educational, enlightening and wonderful experience.  Aussie is a beautiful country and has being a very nice home to me during these past 6 months.  What I love most about Australia is the delicious food, the wild life and the wide variety of cultural events that are ongoing throughout the year, not to mention the very friendly people.

I have being helping DOSA during the last couple of weeks with applying for a grant.  I volunteered my time mostly because I love getting involved with activities, allowing me to meet a lot of new people whilst gaining valuable experience.  It has being great working with Meredith, who is very kind and patient and ever willing to impart valuable knowledge.  All in all it’s being more fun than hard work.

I am very excited to be going home on the 15th of December, but I will definitely miss this amazing country and I will take back all the wonderful memories and friendships forged.

Sachi has been a huge help. She and I worked together to write a grant to obtain funding to run DOSA’s Drop In sessions. The grants are very competitive – cross your fingers and wish us luck so that we are successful. Sachi did the grant writing to help out DOSA but also to increase her own (already great) skills and confidence. DOSA needs the help of volunteers to run properly, but it can also offer fantastic work experience to volunteers. Volunteer positions will be promoted regularly – if you are an overseas student who lives or studies in Darebin please get in touch with DOSA if you are interetsted.

Meredith

Project Worker for DOSA

dosa@divrs.org.au

 

Newsletter, 2 Dec 2011

2 Dec

Darebin Overseas Student Association (DOSA)

Newsletter, December 2011

Well, the weather might be a bit strange – cool one day, and warm the next – but things are hotting up forDOSA. The end of the year is just around the corner and we are going to be very busy over the next few weeks.

 

DOSA CHRISTMAS PARTY

DOSAis having a Christmas Party and you are all invited:

15 December 2011, 6.30-9pm, Northland Youth Centre

Halal and vegetarian food will be provided.

Please RSVP by Monday 12th December at dosa@divrs.org.au or 9480 8205

 

DOSA Summer Camp, 15-17 January 2012

REGISTRATIONS CLOSE 15TH DECEMBER

Come join us for a 3 day camp near the beach in the beautiful Australian bush. TheDOSAcamp is aimed at overseas students, who live or study in Darebin and who want to be involved with DOSA during 2011.

The camp will be a fun holiday by the beach as well as the opportunity for overseas students to get to know each other better. Help build DOSA by sharing your ideas about what it should do in 2012. Make friends and buildDOSAas a team. Have a great time visiting the beach, doing activities in the camp’s beautiful bush setting, canoeing, bike riding, cooking delicious meals and just relaxing.

The camp is highly subsidised by the government to make it affordable. It will be held at the Angahook Holiday Camp.  The camp will run for 3 days and 2 nights, and includes transport betweenMelbourneand the campsite.

  • When:  15th January to  17th January 2012
  • Cost: $60

HOW TO BOOK? We have room for 35 overseas students only at this camp. To be considered for this camp fill in an enrolment form, which can be found at www.divrs.org.au/dosa or leave a message at 9480 8205 or dosa@divrs.org.au and we can send you one.

Enrolments close on 15th December. Send the fully completed form to:

If selected you will be required to attend the compulsory camp orientation on:

Thursday 12th of January, 6.30-8.30pm.


 

EXCITING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

DOSAhas some volunteer opportunities for overseas students who want to contribute toDOSA, have fun and maybe even gain some valuable work experience.

Drop In Session Peer Leaders

DOSA needs overseas students to volunteer their time to program, organise and host the DOSA Drop In sessions during the summer.DOSA’s Drop In sessions are very important as well as being fun. They are a chance for overseas students to meet, chat, make friends and hang out. They can also be a place for games, activities, making art, watching movies, singing karaoke, or doing workshops. The Drop In Sessions happen every week on Thursday (6.30-9pm) and Sunday (3-6pm). If you want to know more about the Drop In sessions or about this exciting volunteer opportunity then look at the link below to find out more:

https://darebinoverseasstudents.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/volunteer-opportunity-exciting-short-term-volunteer-position-as-drop-in-session-organiser/

Help us to set up and run our Christmas Party

We need helpers to make our Christmas Party is fun and stress free. If you have any time to help plan or decorate or clean up, even if it’s just an hour or two, then be sure to contact Meredith at DOSA at dosa@divrs.org.au to let her know.

Operation O-Week

DOSA will be involved in Orientation activities at LaTrobe and NMIT at the beginning of next year (probably February / March). We will need people to help us plan, organise, make and staff a major promotional orientation campaign. This will be an exciting opportunity, so if you’re interested then contact Meredith at dosa@divrs.org.au and let her know.

DOSA CONTACT DETAILS:

2012 will be an exciting year forDOSA. 2012 will be the year thatDOSAmoves towards being an independent organisation. As well as social events where you can relax and chat, we will be offering a program of activities give overseas students the chance to learn new skills, develop as a team and as leaders, gain the confidence to run an organisation, and plan for an exciting future. Keep looking at our web page, facebook page and newsletters to see what we are doing and get involved. Enjoy the summer and your break from study, and I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party.

Meredith

DOSA is funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit www.harmony.gov.au

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Exciting Short Term Volunteer Position as Drop In Session Organiser

2 Dec

The Darebin Overseas Students Association (DOSA) needs peer leaders to organize and run DOSA’s weekly Drop In sessions at Northland Youth Centre over Summer 2011/12

Background Information: DOSA

The Darebin Overseas Students Association (orDOSA) is a network of international students who live and / or study in the Darebin area. The last couple of years have been great for theDOSA, including participation in cultural programs, movie, music and dance events, workshops and performances, international food making, support and referrals, fun activities and games, a regular social space to hang out and much more!

The Drop In Sessions:

DOSAruns a Drop In session on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons at the Ozone Lounge which is located at Northland Youth Centre (Northland Shopping Centre). The Drop In sessions are an importantDOSAactivity – they provide a regular chance for international students to come together to hang out, chat, play games, use the internet and take part in workshops or…WELL YOU TELL US!

What the peer leaders will do:

We need a team of peer leaders to design a program of events and run the Drop In sessions during Summer. Drop In activities can range from fun and social activities to workshops or information sessions. Overseas students turn toDOSAfor information about living inAustralia, help with study or personal issues, the chance to enjoy themselves and make friends. Drop In sessions are a way to provide some of these things, and this volunteer position is an opportunity for you to use your imagination and create and lead a great Drop In program for the Summer.

How the peer leaders will work:

The peer leaders will report toDOSA’s project worker, and will receive training / briefing as well as office equipment to work on and appropriate resources. The venue for the Drop In sessions, the Ozone Lounge at Northland Youth Centre, is easily accessed by public transport and is very well equipped with internet and computers, a kitchen area, projectors and screens, a karaoke machine and DJ deck, and arts and crafts area.

Operating Hours for the Ozone Lounge Drop In are:

  • Thursday evenings 6pm to 9pm
  • Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 6pm

Peer leaders will need to commit to regular shifts – not necessarily both shifts each week but at least a confirmed timetable so we know the Ozone Lounge will be staffed at all times. 

Who will the peer leaders be:

The peer leaders will be:

  • Overseas students
  • Good planners, organizers and hosts
  • People with initiative, great communication skills, a warm and welcoming personality
  • Responsible, and able to commit to planning and running the Drop In Sessions from December 2011 to February 2012.

Peer leaders will need to complete a Working With Children Check. This is free, and if you don’t have one we can help you get it.

What the peer leaders will get:

  • Great work experience: this will be a fantastic experience for anyone who wants to improve their skills in programming, community development, project coordination, communication, leadership. This is definitely experience you can put on your resume.
  • Peer leaders will receive a Certificate of Appreciation, Thank You letter, and professional reference  upon completion of the Drop In Summer program.
  • Peer leaders will have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped other overseas students have fun, make friends, feel more comfortable living in Darebin and maybe even learn something.
  • Peer leaders will have fun!
  • La Trobe University Students can claim the hours as part of the La Trobe Award volunteer recognition program, towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.  
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How to Apply

To apply to be a part of the Summer Drop In Sessions Peer leaders Team send a letter and resume to Meredith at DOSAat dosa@divrs.org.au. For more information on the La Trobe Award program for La Trobe University students visit: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/get-involved/latrobe-award or call Jo Shaw at La Trobe International on 9479 1666 e: j.shaw@latrobe.edu.au

For more information about the Drop In sessions or DOSA please feel free to contact Meredith on dosa@divrs.org.au , on 9480 8205 or via facebook at Dosa Darebin.

 

 

DOSA is funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit www.harmony.gov.au

 

 

International Students Summer Camp, 15-17 Jan (in the bush and by the sea!)

1 Dec

Come join us for a 3 day camp near beautiful Airey’s Inlet and Anglesea. The DOSA camp is aimed at overseas students, who live or study in Darebin and have been involved with (or who would like to be involved with) DOSA during 2011. This year we will be looking for students who display leadership qualities in order to further develop DOSA. The camp aims to provide a fun holiday by the beach as well as the opportunity for members of the DOSA community to get to know each other better, build DOSA as a team and exchange ideas, observations and stories. Not only will this camp be a great holiday experience, but it will be an opportunity for DOSA to come together to dream and build their vision for DOSA’s future.

The camp is highly subsidised by the government to make it affordable to participants. The camp is being run by project workers from various agencies as well as peer leaders from within DOSA. It will be held at a fully accredited campsite – Angahook Holiday Camp.  The camp will run for 3 days and 2 nights. A range of activities will be held and will include visits to the beach, outdoor activities in the camp’s beautiful bush setting, recreational activities such as canoeing and bike riding, team building and brainstorming exercises, as well as  cooking, beach, and relaxation time.

  • When:  15th January to  17th January 2012
  • Cost: $60
  • Camp departs from: PrestonTown Hall,274 Gower Street,Preston

HOW TO BOOK? We have room for 35 students only at this camp. To be considered for this camp fill in an enrolment form, which can be found at:

Our web page at www.divrs.org.au/dosa

Or leave a message at 9480 8205 or dosa@divrs.org.au and we can send you one.

Enrolments close on 15th December. Send the fully completed form to:

Email: dosa@divrs.org.au

Post: DOSA at DIVRS, 285-287 High St.Preston, 3072

If selected you will be required to attend the compulsory camp orientation on:

Thursday 12th of January, 6.30-8.30pm at Northlands Youth Centre, (Northlands Shopping Centre).

If you have any further questions please contact Meredith at DOSA on 9480 82005.