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DOSA February Newsletter

29 Feb

Darebin Overseas Student Association (DOSA)

Newsletter, February 2012

 Hi there! Welcome back to those of you who are returning to your courses after your holiday – I hope you had a great break. To those of you who are new arrivals and just starting your courses – Welcome! We hope that you have a great time inAustralia. This newsletter contains some exciting upcoming events and opportunities, so read on…

1. Opportunity Showcase – 4 March, 2-4pm, Northland Youth Centre

Come along and find out about the exciting opportunities for DOSA in 2012. We can offer overseas students the chance to be involved in lots of different things: sport, arts and theatre, games, workshops, feasts, excursions. Come along and choose what you want to do. Sign up to participate in IELTS preparation sessions, theatre projects, day trips and workshops.

2012 will be an important year for DOSA – hear about what lies ahead for DOSA, and have your say about DOSA’s future plans.

2. Want to do some acting or learn how to write a script? Get involved with DOSA’s theatre projects in 2012.

DOSA and Platform Youth Theatre ( will be working together in 2012 and 2013 to create some theatre works based on the experiences of overseas students. This is an exciting opportunity for overseas students to get involved with one of Melbourne’s best youth theatre companies. Overseas students of all levels of experience are welcome. Come along to the Opportunity Showcase 4th March to find out more and to sign up to take part. If you can’t make it to the Opportunity Showcases, then just email Meredith at

3. Do you have an idea, project or activity for women? Get involved in International Women’s Day, 2-7pm, Thursday 6 March

The City of Darebinwill be holding the International Women’s Day Event at PrestonCity Hall. DOSA will have an information stall at this event, so if you have a project or an activity for women that you would like to promote then please let us know and we can include the information on our stall. If you have an activity (art, massage, henna painting, face painting for kids) that you would like to do at this event then you should also get in touch with us – . The deadline for submitting your information or activities is 1 March.

4. IELTS Preparation Update

Many overseas students have requested help in preparing for IELTS. DOSA is working on organizing some sessions to help with this. The sessions will be held at venues in Prestonand will either be free or low cost. We are in the process of recruiting people to tutor at these sessions. If you are interested in participating in these sessions (either as a learner or as a volunteer tutor) then please contact Meredith at

5. Want to run your own project? Want to run your own group? How can DOSA help you to do this?

During 2012, DOSA is being funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. This money is meant to be spent on any activity that can help overseas students learn the skills and gain the knowledge to manage their own projects or run their own student groups. Do you need a workshop on how to apply for funding, or a mentor to advise you on promoting an event, or a venue to hold a meeting, or help in photocopying some fliers? If you want to know how DOSA can help, then come along to one of the Opportunity Showcases on February 23 (6.30-9pm) or March 4 (2-4pm) to find out how, or contact Meredith at

Of course, one MAJOR project or group you could get involved in running is DOSA itself!

So what exactly does the future hold for DOSA? You tell us! It is very important for DOSA to start thinking about the future. DOSA is funded only up until 30 September 2012. After this there will be no more money and no more project worker. If you think that it’s important for DOSA to survive as a group, or for activities like the Drop In sessions to be offered to overseas students in the future then help DOSA come up with a plan as to how they are going to survive into the future. People who are a part of DOSA need to say what they want DOSA to be and how they think we should organize this. Come along to one of the Opportunity Showcase on March 4 (2-4pm) to find out how you can be involved, or contact Meredith at




DOSAis funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit

DOSA Late December 2011 Newsletter

4 Jan

Darebin Overseas Student Association (DOSA)

Newsletter, late December 2011

 Hi there! I have decided to sneak in one last newsletter for the year. We have a couple of exciting opportunities coming up for overseas students to get involved in, plus some other useful news.

1. Exciting Opportunities for Overseas Students 

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

DOSAwants 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.

DOSAwill be entering the Better Neighbourhoods Award, and we need your help to come up with the idea to do it.DOSAis 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 overseas students.
  • The project must bring people in the community together
  • The project must help to make Darebin a place that feels safer to live in.

Get creative and suggest something thatDOSAcould do that makes Darebin feel welcoming and safe. It could involve food, fun games, lectures, workshops, performances??? Use your imagination and you tell us!

How to enter:

Fill in the entry form. It can be found at our blog –

The entry form will also soon be available on our web page –

Send it into ‘Better Neighbourhoods Award Competition’ by 5pm, 19th January, 2012. Late entries will not be accepted. You can send it toDOSA by:

If you have any questions then please contact Meredith at or 9480 8205.


Join us for Operation O-Week!

DOSA has been invited by LaTrobe International and NMIT to take part in their Orientation activities during February 2012. This is an excellent opportunity to promoteDOSAto overseas students. It is important that we promote ourselves well during orientation.

Creating a great Orientation display or presentation  takes thought, planning, and creativity.

You are invited to become a part of the Operation O-Week project team.

DOSAis looking for overseas students to volunteer on Operation O-Week. We need people to:

1. Choose and plan the ways in whichDOSAcan promote itself. We could do anything from creating posters to giving out lollies to performing street theatre – we are only limited by our imagination.

2. Organise the Operation O-Week project.

3. Make / create / find materials or displays we need.

4. Come to the Orientation Week activities to promoteDOSAto other overseas students.

Who should be involved?

Overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area who want to improve their skills or experience in the following:

  • Promotions
  • Project Coordination
  • Team work
  • Meeting new people
  • Making presentations
  • Making creative work

If you want to be involved then contact Meredith by the 12th January 2012. You can contact Meredith at or at Facebook (Dosa Darebin) or on 9480 8205.



2. Some Other Useful News


Keep safe when travelling home for the holidays!

Just because you were born overseas does not mean you can not get sick if you go home for a visit. Your immune system changes when you spend time away from your home country, so you may no longer be protected from certain infections when you travel home. To avoid travel-related infections (e.g., typhoid, malaria, dengue, and hepatitis A) you should see your doctor before you travel (preferably at least 2-4 weeks before your trip). Vaccines, preventive medications, avoiding mosquito bites, eating safe foods and drinking only clean (bottled or boiled) water can help prevent these infections. For more information, call Royal Melbourne Hospital Travel Clinic (03 9342 7390) or your doctor’s centre or visit and Last but not least, if you become unwell during or after your trip you should see a doctor and mention that you have been overseas.

Suggested links:


Burglary Prevention – A crime prevention message from the local police

I received this email from a local policeman recently:

“We have recently had several burglaries committed in Darebin overnight while residents are sleeping in the house.  What is particularly frustrating from a policing perspective is these criminals have only targeted houses who have left doors unlocked or even opened on hot nights (to allow the breeze through the house). I would please urge you all to make sure you lock your doors at night.  The metropolitan fire brigade support this security measure however would recommend you leave your key in the door from the inside to prevent an issue should there be a fire.  Please protect your family and your property by following this simple safety tip and have a very merry Christmas.”



I wish you all a very merry holiday season, and a safe, happy and prosperous 2012.


DOSAis funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit

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.



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 or 9480 8205


DOSA Summer Camp, 15-17 January 2012


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 or leave a message at 9480 8205 or 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.



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:

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 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 and let her know.


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.


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

DOSA Newsletter Nov 2011

10 Nov

DOSA Update!

Allow me to introduce myself – My name is Meredith and I am the new Project Worker for DOSA.

 What is happening with DOSA right now?

DOSA has moved! As some of you might know, DOSA has been run as a program of the local Council (the City ofDarebin) over the last couple of years. DOSA now has a new home, and is now being run by an organisation called the Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service (DIVRS). But Council is still very much involved with DOSA and will still be offering lots of support and opportunities to DOSA.

This move to DIVRS is a good thing. Why? Because DIVRS has lots of great programs, people and information that can help DOSA. If you want to know more about DIVRS then check out its web page –

Where do I come in? Recently, DOSA was awarded a grant from the Department of Immigration and Australian Citizenship. Some of this money will be used to pay a Project Worker (that’s me!) to support DOSA, with a little money left over to pay for any activities we might want to organise.

I am very happy to be working with DOSA. In the past I have worked as an event manager and project coordinator on many different projects. At one point I used to work atRMITUniversityfor student services departments for about 5 years. During that time I worked with many student collectives and groups, including overseas students. I loved it and had great fun. 

So what exactly does the future hold for DOSA? You tell me! It is very important for DOSA to start thinking about the future. DOSA is funded only up until 30 September 2012. After this I will disappear and there will be no more money. One of the things I have been hired to do is to help DOSA come up with a plan as to how they are going to survive into the future. I need the people who are a part of DOSA to tell me what they want DOSA to be and how they think we should organize this.

How will we do this? We can talk during some of the regular DOSA Drop In Sessions at Northlands Youth Centre on Thursday nights. DOSA will again be attending the Summer Camp at Anglesea, which is run by the City of Darebin. This will be another opportunity for some DOSA folks to get together and have a conversation about DOSA. I am contactable through facebook (‘Dosa Darebin’), email ( ) or you can leave a comment on the DOSA blog ( ). Please get involved. Make me happy by answering my endless questions.

Upcoming events

PIZZA NIGHT AT DOSA DROP IN –Thursday, 10 November 2011, 6.30-9pm, Northland Youth Centre, Free event.

What is DOSA doing in 2012? DOSA is getting ready for a great year. Come along and meet the newDOSAproject worker on Thursday 10 November and talk about what you want fromDOSAin 2012.

SUMMER CAMP – 15-17 January 2012 at Anglesea.

Following on from last year’s successful camp, the City of Darebinwill once again be organizing a Summer Camp at Anglesea for DOSA. This camp will offer the chance to have fun, get to know your DOSA friends better, and much more… If you would like to attend this great camp then feel free to email for more information. Registration forms, exact cost and more information will be available very soon.

 I want to make this newsletter bigger and better. Do you have an event coming up? Looking for a new housemate? Want to sell your fridge? If you have anything to contribute to the next newsletter then please email it to

How to contact DOSA:


Facebook: Dosa Darebin at


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit

DOSA is also supported by the City ofDarebinand Northlands Youth Centre.