Surf and street safety lessons for overseas students

Surf and street safety lessons for overseas students

A free workshop for international students will teach young visitors to Sydney to be streetwise and safe, as well as other useful advice on how to navigate their way through their temporary new home.

International Students Workshop: Useful Information, Support and Safety Advice, will be hosted by the City of Sydney at Customs House on Wednesday 24 April, from 5.30pm-8pm.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who delivered an official welcome to international students earlier this month, encouraged young visitors to Sydney to attend the free, interactive workshop.

“More than 35,000 international students come to live and study in Sydney each year and they make a valuable contribution to our community,” the Lord Mayor said.

“It’s important they learn about Sydney life and culture, and are aware of how to stay safe, both on the street and in the surf.

“This workshop will also provide them with information about volunteering and library membership, as well as useful advice from a range of other organisations.”

Students can meet and ask questions of representatives from the NSW Police Force. Surf Education Australia will deliver a lecture on how to stay safe at the beach, and there will also be a self-defence demonstration by Kevin Marshall, of Fight Like a Girl.

The Centre for Volunteering will show students how they can make a bigger contribution to their new community, while the Redfern Legal Centre’s International Student Advice Service will provide great tips on share-housing.

City of Sydney staff will also be on hand to provide tips on pedestrian safety, basic road rules and information about our multicultural library service.

International Students Workshop: Useful Information, Support and Safety Advice

Wednesday 24 April, 5.30pm-8pm

Barnet Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

To register, phone 02 9265 9333.


The City has just published its annual International Student Guide, a 115-page booklet written by students and packed full of useful tips on getting around Sydney.

The free booklet also contains advice on food, shops, travel, art, sport and events, and is available for free at universities and the City’s community centres and libraries.

The City is also seeking applicants for our inaugural International Student and Ambassador Program 2013, which will provide free training to students interested in developing their career and leadership skills.

Ideal applicants will have good networking and communication skills and be passionate about getting involved in their local community. Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 28 April.

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For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson on 0427 044 768 or email