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Thanks for a Great Summer Camp!

18 Jan

The Overseas Students Summer Camp, held from the 15-17th January near Airey’s Inlet, is finally over. Due to illness I was unable to attend* but the first reports and photos are trickling through from those to attend. People seem to have had an absolutely wonderful time, and that’s fantastic to hear.

Putting on this Summer Camp takes a lot of organising and a lot of hard work. DOSA owes thanks to the following people:

  • City of Darebin/ Northlands Youth Centre staff – especially Jacqui who did an amazing job with organising the whole Summer Camp program (our camp was just one of four). Thanks also to Nik for his support (especially when it came to cooking…).
  • LaTrobe International staff members – Jo and Odra were incredibly committed to making the camp a success.
  • A big thank you must go to the overseas students who volunteered as peer leaders for the camp – Lily, Casey, Dzung, Sonneth, Ramin, Ahmed. It’s been wonderful to work with people who bring such generosity of spirit and great ideas to the table. I hope that you will all be inspired to continue to support the DOSA Capacity Building Project in the future.

Thanks also to all of the people who attended the camp. Your enthusiasm was a vital ingredient to the success of the camp, and the fact that you enjoyed it makes it all worthwhile.

I am sure that we will have a more formal evaluation of the camp. I am keen to hear any feedback that Camp participants may have. But, given that so many people worked so hard to make the camp happen, I felt that it was important to acknowledge that hard work as soon as possible. Thanks guys – DOSA is very grateful!

Meredith

Project Worker

DOSA Capacity Building Project

*very grumpy about this!

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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

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.