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Connect with Prato

Engaging with the local community is an important part of what we do at the Monash Prato Centre.    
We host a wide range of cultural events and initiatives that give you the opportunity to learn more about the local customs, culture and language.


Conversation Exchange
pass for a local, discover Prato 

Want to know more about Prato and how the locals live? Want to discover the best pizza joint or where to go on weekends? Make new friends at Conversation Exchange: learn the basics of Italian, practice your conversation skills, learn more about the culture, and pick up some tips to pass as a local!

Next conversations: 

Starting again in early Spring 2020.

Light refreshments provided
Participating is easy and FREE but places are limited. Please book at or call 0574 43691.



Buon Appetito! 
share a meal with an Italian family

Do you know the perfect way to cook pasta al pomodoro? Are you interested in having an authentic and unique experience? Learn more about the Italian lifestyle by participating in Buon Appetito!, an initiative that involves Monash students and families in Prato and which aims to promote greater linguistic and cultural exchange between Italy and Australia. You will have the opportunity to be hosted by an Italian family for lunch or dinner and to live a real family experience. Cooking together with the families, eating with them and chatting both in English and Italian is a great way to link two different cultures and to learn about customs and traditions, differences and similarities.


Volunteer as an English language assistant

Interested in teaching English to Italian students? Sign up to be involved in our projects with local schools and volunteer as a language assistant. You will help teachers in their daily activities with children. Be ready to answer lots of questions about Australia!

Want to sign up for the above initiatives? Contact the Student Services Office.


Discover local foods

Want to know where the locals go for dinner or join them for an Italian breakfast with cornetto and cappuccino?
Visit the Monash Prato Card page for the full list of partipating businesses in Prato, chosen by Monash Prato Centre for you.
The Monash Prato Card provides you with discounts in selected restaurants, pastry shops and much more as well as guarantees the best quality products and service.