NECTAR Partner Activities
Between June and November 2019, NECTAR staff Melde Van Ingelgom organised four NECTAR Partner Activities. Through these activities, NECTAR aimed to create a space for partners/spouses of ANU staff and PhD candidates to connect with each other and form community. The participants were a very diverse international group, with native speakers of Afrikaans, Catalan, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Mongolian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish and more.
Together, we strolled through the Australian National Botanic Gardens, learnt about Australian Indigenous heritage on the ANU Campus through a guided tour with a Ngunawal Elder, admired tulips at Floriade, and enjoyed yummy international food at a potluck picnic in the park. Along the way, we exchanged tips, stories and phone numbers.
Some feedback from participants:
“Moving to a new country has been exciting, but also challenging. It was wonderful to connect with other people navigating the same challenges.”
“Thank you very much for organizing the NECTAR Partner Activities for us! It really helped to get new friends and get more involved in the society.”
The NECTAR Partner Activities were a collaboration with the ANU Family-Friendly Committee. NECTAR has gained inspiration from 'Get in Touch', led by Carola Eijsenring of Indigo-Wereld, an award-winning social support program for spouses of international knowledge workers in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Thank you Carola!