RMIT's Foundation Studies has been hosting the Getaway Camp for around 20 years and is held three times a year coinciding with each intake of students.
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Phillip Harty: Foundation Studies is a pathway program exclusively
for international students, and it prepares
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them for degree and diploma programs.
The camp is a really big part of our program.
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Most of these students have recently arrived
in Australia so they get a taste of the Australian
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bush and just being with each other.
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Janal Numapo: I was kind of nervous at first because I didn't
know anyone that was going there. I have no
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one from my country doing the same course
as I am, so I didn't know anyone. I got on
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the bus and I sat there and I met this girl
from Sri Lanka. We started talking and then
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when we got to the camp we met some other
girls from Asia, and we all got talking and
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we all made friends. When the guys came in
we started asking "Where are you from? Where
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are you from?", so we told each other about
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Sergio Cortes: You have a lot of things to do, like Sports
- they teach you Footy, that is something
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else about Australia that is really different
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Phillip Harty: On the camp we also do a few electives related
to their particular streams - the Science
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students might build some boats...
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Janal Numapo: They put us into different groups and they
said, "Go look for branches and little twigs
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to build your own boat, and you have one and
a half hours to do it, and we're going to
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have a boat race." We made the whole thing,
tied them together - out of nothing, we made
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little canoes and boats.
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Sergio Cortes: There was a band, they were a really good
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Janal Numapo: They played some Australian music and told
us about the Outback and it was fun. They
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taught us some dance moves as well so we got
into groups and had partners and we danced.
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Sergio Cortes: We were just following their steps. I loved
the fact that everybody was involved.
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Phillip Harty: I've been going on camps myself for seventeen
years, it's my seventeenth year, and I'm always
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amazed how much the students get out of it.
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Janal Numapo: Just go. You'll regret not going when everyone
comes back and tells you how fun it was. Just
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