New community development initiative offers students chance to volunteer and gain meaningful work experience

LOOKING to be part of a meaningful initiative in 2017? Meld Community is looking for volunteers interested in community development, events management and marketing to help steer a campaign empowering students to build healthy relationships and talk about the things that don’t get talked about enough.

Supported by the City of Melbourne through a community grant, Project Engage, Relate, Empower is a year-long campaign designed to help international students build healthy community, explore and find peer-support on issues around identity and gender, discuss common struggles and stereotypes, and gain the confidence to navigate current and future relationships.

The campaign will be delivered across three phases:

  1. Engage: Making friends and building community
  2. Relate: Exploring identity, gender and stereotypes
  3. Empower: Decision-making and taking positive action

Student volunteers taking part in this project will be involved in both online and face-to-face engagement with the international student community, and supporting Meld Community in the planning and delivery of events including a speed-friending session, a relationships forum and board game night.

Students across all disciplines are welcome to apply, but the opportunity is also suitable for students seeking to undertake a formal internship/work placement through their education institution.

To apply, please send a cover letter telling us a little bit about yourself and how you can contribute to the project, together with a copy of your CV to

The closing date for applications is February 16. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by February 17, with in-person/Skype interviews taking place between February 20-24.

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Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience.

Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our editorial team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.

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