Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Couch

a Biblical thought...
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:30-31)

a Book thought...
"You are the same today as you'll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet." - Charlie "Tremendous" Jones
a Dave thought...
“The Couch” – International Student Centre aims to provide a safe and free space at night time for international students studying in Melbourne to socialise, relax, rest, study, and seek information and assistance. “The Couch” will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm-10pm. The project will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of international students, such as language barriers, cultural beliefs, and specific needs. From July 2009, Melbourne’s international students will have a new place to relax, socialise and access a range of support services, with the opening of The Couch – International Student Centre. Coordinated by the Salvation Army and The Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) and supported by the City of Melbourne, the project is designed to meet the specific needs of international students in Melbourne.

The facility will provide a safe and free space for international students to socialise, relax, study, and access information and assistance in the heart of the CBD. The Couch will:
Provide a safe, non-commercial lounge space for international students in Melbourne
Allow students to connect with support services and information on a range of issues including housing, employment, counselling, student services, legal aid, and more
Provide affordable meals at cost price to students
Create an environment where students can engage, socialise and interact, which will contribute to their positive experience whilst studying in Melbourne.
Facilitate cultural exchange between local young people and international students though social activities such as footy nights, movie sessions and other activities held within the centre.

Just a thought.

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