The International Student Welfare Program is a Victorian Government initiative to fund projects that aim to enhance the experience of international students studying in Victoria.

The two aims of this project is:
  • to establish an online student community where students can engage and connect with each other
  • to support the wellbeing of students where employment loss had brought about financial hardship
Kangan Institute will establish an online student community giving international students a digital platform to engage with others; develop and maintain connection and a shared voice for welfare and wellb-eing needs.

This program will support International students’ fundamental needs; availing mental health and wellness resources, virtual fitness, social connectedness, basic nutrition, and in addition it will create a student voice representation in in which students can establish long-term opportunities to become impactful leaders within their community and assist Kangan Institute to develop ongoing virtual student-centred welfare support design and delivery. 
Kangan Institute will provide interactive online student-centred activities which will address international student’s welfare needs. We know that by supporting a student’s basic welfare needs this enables better engagement with education and employment.

Our online programs will promote fitness, mentoring and leadership development skills, providing seven different types of online sessions, including:

  • Food relief program
  • Well-being activities
  • Employability workshops
  • Fitness activities
  • Chat buddy sessions
  • Mentoring and student leadership sessions
  • Creation of a student leadership / working group
  • Volunteering opportunities
Student Working Group
The Student Working Group aims to support the development of future innovative and sustainable welfare and wellbeing programs. Their role is to capture and unify the student’s voice in representation of the wider Kangan Institute community to create long- term innovative activities and channels of communication for welfare and wellbeing support.

Members have been selected for their commitment, passion and high levels of empathy. Their great communication and leadership skills will form a collaborative approach to ensure the success of this program. They will be assisting the Institute to make the international student life better online and on-campus. Pending current restrictions, community based volunteer opportunities may be accessible by international students at Kangan Institute through this initiative.
Skills and Jobs Centre
Our Skills and Jobs Centres will support our participants who are experiencing job loss, through one-on-one virtual sessions and employability skills training. The centre will be offering international students workshops on employability, interview skills and effectiveness of job searching. Students can also request one on one sessions for writing resumes, cover letters and addressing Key Selection Criteria.
Fitness and Well-being
The well-being sessions will create opportunities for virtual interaction and engagement between international students, volunteers, staff and external stakeholders on a weekly basis to encourage social connections and enable a sense of belonging, trust, ongoing support and a safety net.

It will offer students a safe space where student’s mental and emotional hardships could be addressed and referred to welfare, counselling and employment services if required.

The fitness sessions will engage students with fitness routines to maintain social connections and overall health. It provide opportunities to maintain physical activity and a mental break from remote learning while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.  
If you have any questions about ISWP initiatives or would like more details please contact: Diana Naranjo via mobile on 0435 440 563.