Category 2 2018

In October 2018 the following seven projects were funded under the Category 2 - Wellbeing Partnership Activities stream of the International Student Welfare Program.

Women's Summit 2019

Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

The International Student Women's Summit 2019 will be a one-day event that aims to promote women's empowerment and gender equality, with a focus on international women students, and including all student representatives, education professionals and industry leaders. The summit will include a formal keynote address, seminars, panel discussions and information sessions.

International Student Academy 2018/19

Cricket Victoria

The International Student Academy will expose international students to cricket in an environment which provides a safe outlet to practice English and develop friendships with other international students as well as local students. Activities will include on-campus clinics, a University/TAFE Cricket Cup, a ticketing program including free memberships, and a volunteer Ambassador Program providing work experience opportunities at the Cricket Australia Indian Cricket Festival.

Food for Thought

headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Food for Thought will involve a dinner lecture series over four weeks featuring guest speakers known to the international student community. Each event will focus on a key theme: acknowledging when things are not going well; overcoming cultural barriers to seek help; looking out for and helping others; and how to keep a healthy headspace. Dinners will encourage participants to get to know each other through meal sharing, small tables sizes, and simple, fun interactive activities.

Meet NGV

National Gallery of Victoria

Meet NGV will provide free and exclusive access for up to 3,000 international students to experience a range of NGV events. These include: the Escher X Nendo and Australian Art and Design exhibitions at the NGV International and Ian Potter museums; exclusive orientation tours; an ambassadors program providing volunteering opportunities to students studying relevant degrees; and membership and ticketing offers.

Online Wellbeing Initiative

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

The Online Wellbeing Initiative will engage groups of international students to participate in a series of focus groups and content development sessions to inform the creation of a digital international student wellbeing application. This project will involve adapting and expanding content from existing platforms to specifically support international students through co-design and development with focus groups. A project officer will be engaged to manage and coordinate project activities.

Building Student Capacity and Social Connection

Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine

This project will support international students in Geelong and the Bellarine to improve their employability, networking and leadership skills and support strong connections with community. Activities will include sessions on topics chosen by Geelong International Student Ambassadors; a Business Mentor Program where business leaders from the local community will mentor international students; a dinner to welcome students to Geelong; and professional development opportunities for international student leaders in the region.

Introduction to AFL Days

Western Bulldogs

Across two sessions, this project will introduce up to 500 newly arrived or established international students to AFL football, including an information session with AFL and AFLW players; a skills clinic on the iconic Whitten Oval to teach participating students fundamental AFL skills and provide a typical "football" meal; and free attendance at an AFL game.