Global Scope is a work-integrated learning program run by Intersective, an edutech company located in the bustling heart of Sydney’s CBD. The program aims to kickstart the professional development of international students, with participants gaining employability skills and social connections. Since its inception, more than 1,200 international students have participated, with some going on to be offered internships and paid roles, and many indicating the program was ‘instrumental’ in their career growth. Global Scope sees teams of international students act as ‘business consultants’ to deliver solutions to real business problems. The student teams receive support and advice from external mentors. In 2017, approximately 500 students from five universities were formed into 97 teams and partnered with 12 NSW Government agencies and 38 non-government organisations to complete the learning experience. The program also allows participants to form positive relationships with each other as they work towards the delivery of meaningful outcomes for NSW organisations.
Beach Safety Advisors
Surf Life Saving NSW
For international students new to beach culture, understanding the dangers around swimming and surfing can be fraught. That’s where the Beach Safety Advisors program comes in. Through a close collaboration between Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) and the NSW International Student Welcome Desk, the program places uniformed volunteer students at the airport, where they deliver vital water and beach safety
information to new arrivals. The program offers opportunities to international students who have volunteered for 20 hours at the International Student Welcome Desk. Those who participate receive sponsored first aid training, gain work experience, receive mentoring within SLSNSW, and have the option to attend SLSNSW Beach safety programs. Students report greater confidence, an increased awareness of beach safety, and a feeling of inclusion and connection. ‘Wearing the SLSNSW uniform not only gives us confidence, but a sense of honour,’ says Sujana Gurang, from Southern Cross University.
City of Parramatta - International Student Welcome Event
City of Parramatta Council
In 2017, City of Parramatta delivered an event to recognise and engage international students who study and reside in the City of Parramatta. The event brought together international students from the area’s growing number of education providers, including Western Sydney University, Sydney University’s Sydney Medical School, Raffles College, outreach campuses of University of New England and Southern Cross Business School, TAFE NSW and many private educational colleges and local high schools. A range of local businesses and services were represented, with an inspirational presentation from keynote speaker Deng Adut, the 2017 NSW Australian of the Year. For students, the experience was resoundingly positive, with many saying it helped them meet new people and broaden their network, and offered information and insights into the services available in their local community.