A Traveller is the person who will be finding storytellers and guest speakers who are willing to be interviewed. The Traveller records the interview, obtains informed consent for recording and publication from the storytellers and guest speakers, submits the recording for quality checking, and helps the National Team to promote the Speak My Language program and the interviews, particularly (but not only) using social media. Some Travellers may be selected to develop and broadcast content on community radio.
Weiling is currently working as a data coordinator at a local radio station in Tasmania on a volunteer basis. Her role entails collecting and analysing data to help the station improve their programs. Working in this setting has honed and improved her communication skills. As a speaker of Mandarin and Japanese, she has enjoyed being a part of the Speak My Language podcast series to promote disability inclusion through storytelling. Weiling's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with the Multicultural Council of TAS.
Galia migrated to Australia from Syria in 2012. She is a strong advocate for human rights, and enjoys supporting individuals from all backgrounds. She completed her first Degree in Arts with a double major in Sociology, and Politics and Policy (University of Tasmania) and is now working towards a Bachelor of Law (La Trobe University). She has worked in the community sector for many years, for organisations like the Australian Red Cross, Migrant Resource Center (TAS), interpreting agencies and local government. In 2017, Galia founded the Welcome Dinner, an event that supports and welcomes new arrivals to Tasmania. She is the recipient of the Tasmanian Human Rights Youth Award (2017) and has won the Australian Housing Institute Awards - Tenant Led Initiative Award (2019). She has enjoyed meeting people through the Speak My Language podcast series, using the platform to share their stories. Outside of work, she enjoys sport and learning new skills, which have recently included ice-skating, dancing and swimming. Galia's role with Speak My Language was with the Multicultural Council of TAS.
Neha Gogia moved to Melbourne from India in 2017, where she built a good rapport within her own Indian Australian community groups. Neha has a background in Public Health and has delivered health promotion education sessions for the last two years. She has also been involved in the aged care and disability sector during her academic commitments. She has enjoyed using her bilingual skills to connect people within her own community and highlight the stories of people living with disabilities in the Speak My Language program.