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Students volunteer as city ambassadors

Students from RMIT English Worldwide (REW) have volunteered as ambassadors for Melbourne’s International Student City Ambassador Program.  

The program encourages international students to be trained as volunteers who roam the city in distinctive red uniforms answering queries from Melbourne's diverse community. 

REW’s Student Services recommended the program as a way for students to practice their English language skills.

Di Zhang and Qingzhang Zou started volunteering in January and have enjoyed learning more about Melbourne while helping visitors to the city.  

“I have met other people from China and have been able to speak with them in Chinese and then in English,” Ms Zhang said.  

“That is why they ask international students to volunteer, as tourists often don’t have good English and having volunteers who speak other languages can be helpful.”

The volunteers help tourists with information about where to go in Melbourne, what to do and how to get there.  

Both Ms Zhang and Mr Zou have found the program has not only helped with their English but also given them more confidence in communicating with people from different countries.

“I am new here so this program is a chance to improve my English skills, learn team work, meet people and get to know the environment around me,” Mr Zou said.

“I would highly recommend volunteering to other students if they have time.”

On completion of their ambassador duties in March, both students are moving on to full time study at RMIT University.  Ms Zhang will undertake a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Telecommunications and Mr Zou a Masters in Business Information Technology.

REW is a division of RMIT Training, a company wholly owned by RMIT University.