Three Bond University international students have been given the task of reviewing the Gold Coast's hottest events and attractions in the name of enticing more people from overseas to pursue their studies on the Gold Coast.
The International Student Ambassador program, which is supported by Study Gold Coast and Gold Coast City Council, saw ten university students selected to share their study and tourism experiences with their own global network of friends and family via a series of online blogs.
Over the coming weeks Bond students Dylan Cooper, Satoshi Ito and Jinheng Feng will visit the likes of Currumbin Sanctuary, Q1 Skydeck, Fraser Island and much more - with all activities funded by the ambassador program.
Dylan Cooper, who hails from Mississippi in the United States, says he was initially inspired to study on the Gold Coast by Tourism Queensland's 'Best Job in the World' campaign - which is similar to the new International Student Ambassador program.
"A few years ago I applied for the 'Best Job in the World', which was essentially an opportunity to travel for free through various parts of Queensland and write reviews about all the different sights and adventures along the way. I applied for the Gold Coast role, and when I didn't get it I still decided it was where I wanted to be to complete my studies," he said.
"When the International Student Ambassador program was announced I knew I had to apply, as it was exactly the kind of opportunity I had been looking for. The program allows me to combine my love of travel and adventure with my passion for marketing, which is the reason I am currently completing my Masters in Advertising at Bond.
"I can't wait to show off the beautiful Gold Coast to all of my friends and family back in the United States. I'm sure they will all be able to clearly see why I have chosen to live and study here. The city has so much to offer, with world-class universities like Bond alongside amazing places to visit, so you feel like you are on holiday all the time."
Jinheng Feng, who is a Chinese national, chose to move to the Gold Coast to undertake his PHD in Law after finding his PHD supervisor, who works at Bond University.
"People have been very friendly and welcoming towards me, and I am really looking forward to visiting different Gold Coast attractions to meet new people and to show my friends and family in China what life on the Gold Coast is like."