Table talk with The Welcome Dinner Project

At Play Our Wellbeing

Food is a great conversation starter so it makes sense that one of the best ways to meet new people is over a shared meal.

Through a Community Development Grant, the City of Adelaide is supporting the non-profit organisation joiningthedots in its partnership with StudyAdelaide to re-launch The Welcome Dinner Project in Adelaide. An initiative initially aimed at connecting new migrants to help build their social networks and increase their sense of belonging, The Welcome Dinner Project is broadening its reach to include international students, refugees and local residents.

How does it work? 

Welcome Dinners connect newly arrived people with established Australians over a shared meal in a family home or a trusted community space. Trained volunteers facilitate each dinner, helping to uphold the spirit of The Welcome Dinner Project by ensuring the event is welcoming, safe and enjoyable for all. Other than dinner guests being invited to bring a plate of food from their culture to share, "potluck-style", with other attendees, there’s no cost to participate.

StudyAdelaide sees The Welcome Dinner Project as a brilliant way for international students in Adelaide to make new friends and connections, particularly with Australian families in their local community. The first city-based community Welcome Dinner took place at Council’s North Adelaide Community Centre during 2018 Refugee Week and it’s hoped more city-based events will happen in the future.

If you’re an established Australian interested in hosting a dinner in the city or you’d like to come along as a guest (new arrivals to Adelaide within the last five years - international students, new migrants or refugees), register your details here then sit back and wait for an invite.

To find out about other opportunities available to international students to meet, make new friends and immerse themselves in city life, visit

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