Vois Magazine would love to say thanks for all who coming down to the free BBQ at Centennial Park on 20th March from MASSA from USYD (Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association), VDS from UTS (Vietnamese Dynamic Students) as well as PPIA (or Indonesian Student Association [ISA]) and VCE (Vietnamese Cultural Ensemble) from UNSW .
The International Students Welcome BBQ aims to connect fresher and former international students studying and living in Australia. Before starting a whole new semester, it was a chance for old friends to meet up and new friendships to be built between people from different and vibrant backgrounds.
As people arrived at the event, VOIS Magazine coordinators gave each of them a name tag and a lucky ticket of their choice for the lucky draw for 2 free movie tickets. It was a good way fro the new comers to introduce themselves to VOIS and each other.
“It was great to meet the new Malaysian juniors. I think it is great that these students are able to meet us since MASSA is like a home away from home to some of these students. I had loads of fun.” – Lavanya Chandran (Vice-President of MASSA)
We met new friends, and created strong bonds through the games we played. There were many outdoor activities in which we could interact and make friends in a minute. Believe or not, when you were moving around in a circle and randomly making groups of 4 or 5 people according to our main guide, you will know their basic information such as name and nationality,
“Good interaction through several activities.” – Quynh Anh Le (VCE)
“I had a very enjoyable day and communicated to many new friends. It was a great chance for me to open my network, learn more about different cultures and…have some beautiful photos!” – Kyle Nguyen (President of VDS UTS)
Despite the strange weather of Sydney on that day, nothing could stop us from BBQ!!! “SAVE THE CHICKENS!!!!” The rains just came and went, sticking everyone together under an umbrella! Conversations started and people were not aware of the rain too much.
We hope you all enjoy the food and the time we spent together. More games and prizes will be revealed in the following events, so do not think that was all the games we got!
Looking forward to see you all at the next event (look up VOIS Magazine’s Persona Project) or you are welcome to join us at our next BBQ. We’ll be excited to see you!!
VOIS photography by © Raul Ortiz de Lejarazu Machin, AgungMustafa and Thi Tran.