Message from the Director
It was lovely to spend the first week of October at home with family in the welcoming weather of Warrnambool, before I headed to Melbourne for meetings, and then on to Sydney, where the weather was less than welcoming for the duration of the AIEC conference! None the less, it was as usual lovely to once again connect and re-connect, to learn from colleagues, to plan new projects and to just have fun.
It is also pleasing, and a sign of the companies maturation, to be able to take time off, or work overseas for an extended period, in the confidence that your team is back home keeping things rolling along. Thanks to Teena and Natasha, preparations for the recent and currently arriving programs progressed capably in my absence, and Jeanna was able to learn from both, which builds depth in the small team.
Last week Teena was off to Da Nang to welcome the Deakin Volunteers who will be working with Volunteer Vietnam for three weeks as part of a credit bearing subject open to students from any discipline. This is the fourth iteration of the program, which provides valuable support to the disadvantaged in this small city that is fast becoming the tourism capital of Vietnam. Natasha was also off to Kuching to welcome the Deakin Team Internship program, the first time for this program in East Malaysia, and the interest from local organisations that she and the accompanying academic were able to meet with will ensure further iterations of this program in Kuching.
This weekend we welcomed Deakin Communications interns, plus a few independent interns via our partner International Internships, and a group of pre-service teachers from Latrobe for the GEP program run with Taylors University and Taylors International schools. After a weekend of orientation including a “Race around KL”, and a Sunday morning spent locating their workplaces, all head off on Monday morning confident and perhaps even a little excited at what the next few weeks or months holds!
So as you prepare for exams and sending students abroad over summer, we now go up a gear in supporting these students through their experiences, and preparing for the next arrivals. Wishing you a lovely warm October!
Australian Women’s Cricket Team vs Pakistan
Just one of the benefits of interning in the business community of Kuala Lumpur is access to activities and events not possible at home! Fresh off the plane, our interns were provided VIP passes to the Australia vs Pakistan T20 Big Bash in Kl on the weekend, where they were not only able to mingle with representatives from the Business community and Australian govt, but were able to meet with the team themselves! Lachie Mitchell, Deakin University Communications intern will be hosted by the Malaysian Cricket Association where he will be assisting with marketing and events such as these international clashes.
Below: Deakin PR & Comms Intern Riley O’Farrell catches up with old friend and up-and-coming cricket star Tayla Vlamenick, while Lachlan Mitchell meets Aussie Captain Meg Lanning and superstar Ellyse Perry
APAIE 2019 KL - Mates rates at the Four Seasons!
APAIE will be held in Kuala Lumpur next year, and we hope you will take advantage of the opportunity of some special conference rates at the Four Seasons KL. The cities newest 5+ star hotel.
Also if you are looking for advice around entertainment, meeting and function spaces or some local insider tips, be sure to get in touch!
Interns in KL - so what are they doing here?
TGS has some amazing internship experiences for the current arrivals who have given up their summer, or part of it! Deakin Communications students are being hosted by some big names in the PR and Comms industry – M&C Saatchi, Roots (Asia), and MONAD, a full service digital agency; business organisations such as the Malaysia Australia Business Council (MABC) and the Victorian State Government Trade and Investment Office; journo students are at the Malay Mail and Zafigo (Mosaique Communications) – a women’s travel organisation; and the dream project for a sports lover – the Malaysian Cricket Association!
Other interns are working in human rights and law at NGO’s such as Tenaganita (refugees and migrant workers), Amnesty international and the Make it Right Movement, who work to provide support for over 100 NGO’s in Malaysia.
In addition to the work placement, students will be invited to experience a range of opportunities including networking evenings with the MABC, the ZafigoX women’s travel conference, an Australian alumni event with the Australian High Commission, volunteering with some of TGS partner organisations and a dinner with a refugee family provided through Picha Project, an impact driven social enterprise that empowers marginalised groups in Malaysia through a sustainable food delivery and catering business.
ISANA - December 4-7 Sydney
APAIE - March 25-29 Kuala Lumpur