The Welcome Dinner Project invites you to come along to meet new friends, try new foods, and celebrate your culture in a space of love, respect and listening.
As an international student, it can be hard to meet new people and develop friendship groups when you first arrive in Australia. By attending a Welcome Dinner, you’ll meet people from many cultural backgrounds and form a stronger connection to your new community.
Welcome Dinners are held in the home of a local host and usually have about eight established Australians and eight newly arrived members of the community attending (such as international students, immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees). We also send two trained facilitators to help support the group and lead any activities.
Welcome Dinners are usually held on a Friday or Saturday night, or a Saturday or Sunday lunch. Each guest (including you) is asked to bring a dish to share so everyone can contribute to the feast. (There is no alcohol at Welcome Dinners.)
Welcome Dinners are an excellent way to meet people from your new community in a happy, safe and supported environment.