Meet new friends, try new foods and share your culture

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.

The Welcome Dinner Project invites international students to come along to try new foods, share your stories and celebrate many cultures in a space of love, respect and listening.

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What’s a Welcome Dinner?

Welcome Dinners are held in homes all over Adelaide to introduce people who are new to South Australia to other members of the local community.

As an international student, you can attend a Welcome Dinner to get to know new people, learn about your neighbourhood and share stories and food from many cultures.

Since the Welcome Dinner Project started in 2013, over 500 Welcome Dinners have been held featuring many delicious dishes and endless laughter and enjoyment for over 10,000 people like you.

Welcome Dinners are friendly, delicious and so much fun!

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How it works

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.

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How to join a Welcome Dinner

To attend a Welcome Dinner, please register your details so we can let you know about the next event in your area.

When the next local dinner is scheduled, we’ll send you an email to see if you’d like to come along.

If you choose to come, all you need to do is prepare a dish to share on the night (maybe a recipe from your home country) and come to the host’s home at the scheduled time.

Feel free to tell your fellow students and other friends about the Welcome Dinners and ask them to register themselves if they’d like to come along too.

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Five reasons international students should attend a Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinners are a wonderful way for you to connect with your new neighbourhood in Australia. Here are five reasons we think international students like you should attend a Welcome Dinner:

  • Meet new people: you might find a new friend who you can keep in touch with after the dinner
  • Learn about your community: you can ask the locals what they love about your neighbourhood and get all the local information you need
  • Try new foods: everyone brings a dish, so you’ll get to try foods from many cultures
  • Share cultures: you can tell people about your home country and learn about theirs
  • Start a new tradition: after the dinner, some of your group might choose to make it a regular social event where you can catch up and further build your newly found friendships