Central’s multi award winning training for international students has been further enhanced by the introduction of an international student ambassador program.
The program has been designed to increase student engagement and establish a sense of community amongst the newly arrived onshore international students.
The seven ambassadors will assist new students to settle into their studies, and into the wider Perth community. They will provide comprehensive campus orientations, organise tours around Northbridge and the CBD and talk about the benefits and opportunities of Perth life.
This will include developing events that are centred upon celebrating multiculturalism and diversity and participating in the major Perth events along similar themes.
The ambassadors have a great empathy and understanding for the cohort as they were once in exactly the same position.
The ambassadors know from their own experiences that it is not always the obvious things that newly arrived international students need assistance with.
Natemwa Lwenje said she could have done with some support to read and understand the bus timetables, while Marcy Patsanza thought it would have been beneficial to have an opportunity to network with local people.
The most frequent challenge faced by international students is getting to know their way around campus and the local area, as well as getting to know new people. Ambassador Carine Vydeenaden plans to help the new students by showing them around and introducing them to new people.
In addition to making students feel welcome, the ambassadors will also help promote Central to the local and international community. This will be achieved through engagement on social media, via Facebook and student blogs, to provide information on Central life, learning areas and courses, and upcoming events.