Wesley College’s Overseas Study Experience (OSE) provides students the opportunity to travel to South-East Asia and partake in an internship related to their field of study.
Wesley was the first College in Australia to offer such an experience to its students and remains the only college within the University of Sydney to offer such an opportunity.
The program was established in 1993 and students have returned annually since.
When you are part of the OSE program you play a major role building and maintaining Wesley’s long-standing relationships with individuals and organisations in the area.
Four weeks of your journey will be devoted to maintaining those relationships, in addition to critically assessing the organisations the College supports, ensuring they provide sustainable, effectual and empowering aid.
The remaining four to six weeks will be devoted to completing your individual internships.
On previous journeys, Wesley students internships have been with organisations including UNICEF, Stokes & Masters (Law Firm), KPMG, The Australian Embassy, Austrade, ABC Hanoi, WHO, WWF and the Vien Tim Hearth Institute.
The scholarship covers return air-travel, visas, travel insurance, vaccinations, language and cultural lessons, and provides an emergency fund if required.
This initiative enables you the opportunity to acquire a deeper appreciation and understanding on the cultural, political and economic realities of the region.
The program advances your intellectual depth and professional skills, whilst also enriching the academic and community environment of the College.
OSE has far-reaching consequences both for students and their careers as well for Wesley College as it seeks to provide the best environment for the educational and ethical preparation of future leaders in Australia.
All students are eligible to apply for OSE. Five to seven students are selected each year.
A highlight of her volunteer trip to Vietnam last summer was spending a day with the field staff of the Woolcock Institute’s ACT3 project in Ca Mau province.
She visited one of the communities participating in the project, to assist the people at the forefront of research into the management of tuberculosis in Vietnam.
It was an early start, leaving for the community health centre at 6am to pick up the supplies…
Inspired by their OSE, Wesley students have gone on to found organisations such as The Australian Youth Against Land Mines Association (TAYALA) now called STEPSAFE, the Heart Tree Foundation and also Party for Poverty.