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"I'm not Australian but I have an Australian Story"

Monday, February 3 2014

"I'm not Australian but I have an Australian Story" is an initiative of the Council of International Students in Australia (CISA). CISA (national peak student representative body for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level) raises awareness about international students’ presence and their participation in and contribution to the Australian community. 

Funded by the Australian Government, this project is consistent with the Government’s commitment to addressing issues of cultural, racial and religious intolerance by promoting respect, fairness, inclusion and a sense of belonging for everyone. 

The project highlights the voluntary and social development work international students are involved in, as well as providing awareness and information on how CISA is advocating for these students.

Because of the opportunities Australia provides to international  students it is common place that these students often give back; offering their time and experiences to help other students on campus and volunteering to assist Australian community organisations.

To spread this important message, CISA in 2013 invited international students across the country to tell their Australian story in a competition judged by a peer panel.  The winning students have now shared their stories through a series of videos, each telling a unique story that exhibits the ongoing contribution that international students are making in Australia.

The project is ongoing. Therefore, if you know of an international student at your institution that has a story to tell, part of an interesting event, a personal achievement, or challenges they have met along the way, they are encouraged to contact CISA to tell their story.


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