Here's what students had to say about the experience:
What I really enjoyed about it was exploring the Perth CBD like never before, plus networking with other international students. Honestly, I learned a lot about Western Australia's culture just hanging out around the city of Perth. Now, I can say that the sculpture of Western Grey kangaroos is my favourite in Perth CBD. Moreover, the event was so smooth and stress-free, and very well organised from the start to the end.
– Monica Rada Loaiza
Through the scavenger hunt, I was made aware of some hidden gems around Perth CBD and some secret short cuts to get around the city really quick. As a local, I think we need more fun activities like this where you learn more about the rich cultural history of Perth. For the international students attending, I think this event was useful because of the different aids they were made aware of that are available to them. I think it is important they feel they are not alone here far away from family especially during these hard times... This was a huge step out of my comfort zone and I am glad I did attend because I had a great time meeting new people and learning about new cultures... By attending this event, I understood that I need to attend more social events as it puts me in a good mental headspace, especially if you are a full-time student. Uni life isn’t only about studying but it is also about networking, meeting new people and experiencing more.
The scavenger hunt was the first of its kind that I’ve experienced. While I have been along these streets before, walking around Perth while trying to solve the mystery gave me a sense of excitement. Along the way I discovered several new spots and a shortcut or two, as well as places I wouldn’t have visited if it wasn’t because of the event. Along with these new insights, the scavenger hunt reminded me why I chose to study in Perth in the first place... Furthermore, I’ve certainly made a couple of friends, both from the scavenger hunt and the networking event afterwards. The event was so amazing that I was so eager to attend and volunteer at the event again for the second time. The event was the highlight of my week as it made me happy and was a perfect de-stressing event... I wouldn’t think twice before doing it all over again.
This was one of the most interesting events that I have ever participated as both a volunteer and a participant. There was always something memorable on both days that I participated and volunteered! Despite the bad weather, I still managed to smile and left the event with a memorable experience. The event was a perfect de-stressing event, but at the same time meaningful through the networking sessions as I got to meet a lot of new friends and explore Perth. Besides getting to know the participants, I also got to know the partners of the event and gained a lot of resources that were very helpful for me as an international student. Besides the company, the food was also amazing! I got a chance to try Kaya and absolutely loved it.
Thank you to the WA Government and Lotterywest for making this possible.