Introducing international students to an Australian way of life
Alumni family, Sue and Richard Temple
with student Indu Kirihene The University recognises that international students can face isolation and loneliness when moving to a foreign country — leaving family and friends behind, and juggling a new language with its unique lingo.
To help students feel more connected to their new surroundings, the Australian people and culture, the Experience Adelaide program invites alumni, staff, and domestic students to meet with an international student, to make them feel welcome and more at home.
To date, more than 600 new international students have been paired with members of the University community and more volunteers are needed.
“It is not where you go or what you do with the student that matters — it is about enjoying the shared company and our different cultures. We have a great city, country and way of life that we can share with our international students,” says Experience Adelaide participant, Gloria Prior (Grad Cert Mgmt 1996).
Involvement does not need to be time consuming — interaction with a student can be as simple as having them over for a meal, meeting them for a coffee or showing them some of the local sights. In return, you will have the opportunity to learn about another culture and country, and can take great satisfaction in knowing you have helped a new student feel welcome.
“I love the Experience Adelaide program — it provides me with an opportunity to get to know more about the Australian culture,” says Xie Xie, a Masters student from China.
“I am paired with a very nice University staff member, who invited me to the cinema as we both love movies. It’s good to know that we have the same sense of humour and we have many things to share with each other.”
To find out more about Experience Adelaide or to register your interest, contact Annette Wheatley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 8 8313 2284
Get involved: www.international.adelaide.edu.au/life/experience-adelaide/staff-students-alumni/
Story by Fiona Solente