University of Wollongong international students Nithya Sam and Thanh Nguyen still miss their homeland.
While Wollongong is nothing like the bustling metropolitan cities in India and Vietnam where they were brought up, the duo are now settled here.
And the recently named City of Sydney International Student Leader Ambassadors, now want to reach out to help others new to the country.
Nithya has already met people from all walks of life during her time through the City of Sydney ambassadors program, which continues in 2020.
"It's an amazing program, there are people from around the world studying different courses at a range of universities, I got to learn a lot about a diversity of cultures and we get to work together," she said.
"Mostly we're having a lot of fun."
Thanh is also having a lot of fun and is looking forward to exercising his leadership skills with the ambassadors' program.
At Lunar New Year in January, Thanh ran a guided tour for international students at Circular Quay, which was a rousing success.
"I had a lot of positive feedback from participants," he said. "I know it's having an impact so I want to keep on with it.
"It is a big commitment, 18 months of ongoing training, project planning and execution. But it's rewarding.
"It's given me the opportunity to communicate with other international students so that a lot of students like me feel they're welcome and part of the Australian community."