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Do you like to write or tell stories?

11 Apr
Do you like to write or tell stories?
Aged 16 – 25 years?
Live, work or study in Melbourne’s north?
 
Enter our story telling competition!
 
Stories are invited in written, illustrated, photographic or audiovisual formats and entries will be accepted in any language.  
 
Total prize pool $3,000
Winning entry prize $800
First 50 entries get $20 voucher

TOPIC:
“Don’t let gambling take over”*
 
*You do not need to gamble or know anyonewho gambles to participate. Your perspective is important!
For a submission form and information on how to enter  go to:  
 
           
Entries close 1 May 2012
For more information or if you do not have internet access contact:
Felicity Jackson, Yarra Council on 9205 5093 or
felicity.jackson@yarracity.vic.gov.au

How to get Money for your Project or Student Group

4 Apr

What is a grant?

A grant is some money that is given to you by an organization (either a government department or a charity or a business) so that you can afford to run a project.

Sounds good, how do you get one? You have to apply for a grant by filling in a grant application form.

Don’t know how to do this? Tried to do it but found it confusing? Are you just curious to know more about grants and how they work?

Attend our Grant Writing Workshop!

Grant Writing for the Terrified! DOSA presents a grant writing workshop to help you to understand grants better and how to apply for money.

In this workshop we will discuss:

  • What you should write in a grant application
  • What some of the technical terms, vocabulary and words in grant applications mean
  • How to talk to organizations that give grants
  • Handy tips for making your grant application more successful.
  • Where to go for more information.

Workshop exercises will be based on working through a real grant application so you can see what one looks like.

This workshop is meant to make applying for grants less confusing and stressful. It will be useful, practical and hands on. But it will also be fun and relaxed. Newcomers to grant writing and fundraising are welcome.

Date:               Wednesday, 11th April 2012

Time:              2.30-4pm (including afternoon tea).

Venue:            DIVRS, 285-287 High Street, Preston

Cost:               FREE!

Registrations: Essential –  dosa@divrs.org.au or call Meredith on 9480 8205.

For more information, please call Meredith on 0480 8205 or email her at dosa@divrs.org.au

During 2012, DOSA is running a project aimed at supporting overseas students to run their own projects or groups. This grant writing workshop is a part of that project. This project is funded (by a grant!) by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit http://www.harmony.gov.au

Meet Femy!

27 Mar

Welcome to Femy, who is helping DOSA out with administration work:

I am Femy Cherian, fromIndia, live in Craigieburn with my Family. My Family members are my husband Jento, little boy named Ryan, me and my brother-in –law Dijo.

I am interested in making new friends, new networks. My hobbies are watching movies, embroidery, cooking. I have enrolled at NMIT for Overseas Qualified Program (OQP), helps me to find a job/employment opportunity. I have 3 years experience in administration roles. On behalf of OQP we have to do a work placement, in which Meredith from DOSA and Sonya, my teacher from NMIT, helped me to get a work placement as administration assistant for 6 weeks at DOSA.

Femy brings some great administration and customer service skills to her student placement, and will be a great help to DOSA. We hope that she enjoys working with us.

Fantastic Theatre Opportunities for Overseas Students

15 Mar

If you are interested in acting or theatre, or finding out more about them, then there are 2 great projects for you to get involved in right now:

 

1. Have you got a story to tell?

All overseas students have a story to tell, and the community needs to hear them.

The Darebin Overseas Students Association and Platform Youth Theatre will be holding a series of theatre workshops.

OUR FIRST WORKSHOP IS ON THIS SUNDAY, 18TH MARCH, 1.30PM

These workshops will help participants to create and perform short theatre pieces based on the art of story telling. Participants will have the opportunity to perform their pieces at La Mama Theatre in July and August this year, either live or in a short film. The workshops will be fun, relaxed and friendly. They will help you create a short piece to perform, either on stage or in front of a camera. They will give you the confidence to stand in front of an audience and share your own special story.

Who can attend:        Overseas students (any level of experience welcome)
Cost:                           Free
Venue:                        Northlands Youth Centre
Day and time:            Every Sunday, 18th March-27 May 2012, 1.30-5pm
To register:                dosa@divrs.org.au

We are looking for:
• People who like performing
• People who have always wanted to try but feel too shy, and who need a fun and friendly workshop to help them
• People who like making short films
• People who want to help out behind the scenes.

Need more information? Contact Meredith at 9480 8205 or dosa@divrs.org.au

2. Students Invited to Take Part in an Exciting Theatre Project – no acting experience required!

Are you a student or spouse of a student interested in getting out, making new friends, developing new skills and having fun? The “Life’s a Gamble” Theatre Project are looking for interested students to take part in a fun theatre group.

Students who live, work or study in the northern region will be invited to participate in theatre workshops for two hours a week over 6 weeks (probably a Wednesday or Thursday evening form 6pm to 8pm with food provided). The workshops start around 4 April and will be facilitated by Brunswick Women’s Theatre and will involve students (both young men and women) acting out short, scripted scenes on topics relevant to issues they identify. The broad theme is gambling but other issues will also be raised. At the end of the project the rehearsed scenes will be performed at La Trobe Uni and elsewhere. At the end you will also get a certificate and if you are part of the La Trobe Award program you can claim the hours towards a bronze, silver or gold award.

To register your interest please email or phone Kate on kate.hufschmid@bchs.org.au or tel 9450 2080.

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 (http://www.pyt.org.au/wordpress) 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 dosa@divrs.org.au

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 – dosa@divrs.org.au . 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 dosa@divrs.org.au

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 dosa@divrs.org.au

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 dosa@divrs.org.au

 

DOSA CONTACT DETAILS:

 

DOSAis 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

DOSA and Headless Chickens

1 Feb

I recently read a very good article written by Isabelle Laskari and published on the ArtsHub website. This article actually offers careers advice to someone who wants to work in the arts industry. But I think that this article is also very relevant toDOSA at the moment.

The article offers 5 main pieces of advice:

“1. Think carefully about what you want most out of your career.”

OK,DOSAis not developing a career. But DOSAis developing itself as a group. DOSA is at a stage where it needs to think carefully about what it wants in the future. The author of this article goes on to say “Perhaps the thing that most stands in the way of people accomplishing their… goals is that they don’t… really give it enough thought.” Many overseas students are intelligent and thoughtful individuals. The overseas students involved inDOSAneed to make sure that DOSA’s goals, plans and actions are also the result of intelligence and thought.

“2. Refine your skills…there’s sure to be something you could do a little better.”

Overseas students are talented and clever – you are all here doing tertiary study after all! And you are all resourceful – organizing your life so that you can live and study in another country is an achievement all by itself. What skills do you have that you would like to improve on?

“3. Learn from others.”

During 2012, DOSAwill be focusing on developing itself as a strong student organization. This means that DOSAwill need to use the skills of the overseas students who become a part of DOSA. But it also means that DOSA needs to make sure that those students have the skills and confidence to run a student organisation. During 2012, DOSAwill offer overseas students opportunities to refine existing skills and to learn new skills from others.

“4. Build your professional network.”

There are many individuals and groups who can support DOSA, and help it to become a strong group with strong chances of survival.

“5. Organise yourself.”

There is an old Australian saying – “running around like headless chooks*” – that is used to describe people who are disorganized. DOSAneeds to spend time creating good systems in administration, organization and communication. As a group, we need to make sure that we are coordinated and clear about what each individual is doing. If we are not coordinated and if we don’t set goals and plan, the risk is that we could become involved, at random, in activities that require us to spend a lot of time and energy. These random activities might not actually help us learn new skills or survive in the future. We might end up looking like a headless chook – lots of rushing around and energetic movement. But like a bird without a head, this flapping about will get us nowhere and achieve nothing.

I like this article because it maps out a plan:

  • Think
  • Refine / Learn
  • Build networks
  • Organise

I think the trick is to make time for all of this. Life can be so busy and rushed, especially for overseas students who have to balance study, work, friends and family as well as learning about living in a new country. As project worker, I am only paid to work for DOSA for 18 hours per week, which is not a lot of time.

First of all, if we want DOSAto survive and prosper then we have to be determined to make time to think. During 2012, DOSAwill be organizing some opportunities for overseas students to come together, share some ideas, set some goals and think out a plan. This plan will help us to make time and opportunities to learn, network and organize.

This will be interesting work. Get involved. It will provide a workout for your brain and your imagination. You will meet great people, have some passionate discussions, and go to some fun events. Your skills and confidence will develop. DOSAexists for overseas students – help it to be all it can be. It is something you can put your heart and soul into, knowing that you are also creating a student organization that can help other overseas students.

‘Resolve to fix your New Year career’:

http://www.artshub.com.au/au/news-article/opinions/arts/resolve-to-fix-your-new-year-career-186931?fb_comment_id=fbc_5007051662793_759721_5007058089793

*chooks = Australian slang for chickens

DOSA CONTACT DETAILS:

Free IELTS Preparation Resources

19 Jan

As some of you might know, DOSA is planning to offer activities that assist overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area* with help in preparing for IELTS tests. While you are waiting for that, check out these free resources at the State Library of Victoria:

“State Library of Victoria – Resources for Learning English.

WHAT RESOURCES DO WE HAVE?

The Library has dictionaries and grammar books to help you learn English, as well as a small selection of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) resources.

Library staff at the Information Desks can also help you to find books that are easy to read.

WHERE CAN I FIND THESE RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY?

Dictionaries, grammar books and other resources are available in the:

Information Centre

  • English dictionaries – call number R423
  • Grammar books – call number R428
  • IELTS books – call number R428.0076

Redmond Barry Reading Room

Grammar books – call number R428 (Level 2A, upper level)

Online

Electronic dictionaries and IELTS resources are also available online. To use these resources go to slv.vic.gov.au and click the ‘Research tools’ link to the right of ‘Search’ on the homepage. Then click:

  1. ‘in the Library’ under the eJournals, eBooks and CD-ROMs sub heading
  2. ‘Language literature and reviews’
  3. IELTS resources towards the bottom of the page

WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND RESOURCES?

Melbourne City Library has an excellent collection of adult ESL (English as a Second Language) books which you can borrow.

The City Library is located at253 Flinders Lane,Melbourne. Go to Melbourne.vic.gov.au/MelbourneLibraryService for more information.

RMIT Library has many IELTS titles, however books are not able to be borrowed. Go to rmit.edu.au/library for more information.

Your local library also has books and a range of online resources.

PHRASES FOR SEARCHING ONLINE

When you are looking for IELTS and other information about learning English, try using these terms in your search engine:

  • ielts masterclass practice test
  • aapress.com ielts
  • learning English ielts-exam.net
  • ielts preparation resources
  • world English ielts”

I am not sure, but you may have to become a member of the State Library of Victoria member in order to use their resources. This is free and easy and quick, and has many benefits as the State Library has many fantastic free resources. Go to the state Library of Victoria website for more information.

If you are an overseas student who is living or studying in the Darebin area and you would like to do some preparation for the IELTS test, then please leave a comment on our ‘DOSA Darebin’ facebook page or on this blog. Better yet, send your email address so that we can let you know when IELTS preparation is coming up. You can do this by sending a private message via our facebook page or email dosa@divrs.org.au

Good luck with those IELTS tests!

Meredith

*A list of suburbs in the Darebin area can be found on the About DOSA section of this blog.

Keep safe when travelling for the holidays! Important Health Advice

17 Jan

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 www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html and www.traveldoctor.com.au. 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:

Travel Doctor

www.traveldoctor.come.au

Tel: 1300 658844

 

Smart Traveller

www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html 

 

Travel Clinic; Royal Melbourne Hospital – Victorian Infectious Disease Unit

Email: vids@mh.org.au

Tel: 03 9342 7390

This information was supplied to DOSA by Monash University as part of a special health promotion project.

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 – https://darebinoverseasstudents.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/help-dosa-win-an-award-and-you-could-win-a-prize/

The entry form will also soon be available on our web page – www.divrs.org.au/dosa

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 dosa@divrs.org.au 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 dosa@divrs.org.au 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 www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html and www.traveldoctor.com.au. 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.”

 

DOSA CONTACT DETAILS:

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

Meredith

DOSAis 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

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