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.
Jenelyn was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia in 2008. She is passionate about advocating for Australia’s culturally diverse community to improve their access to support and services. She started her career in Australia as a Community Language and Preschool Teacher. At present, she works across multiple roles in the age care sector, advocating for people from multicultural backgrounds. She enjoyed using her bilingual skills to create podcasts for the Speak My Language program to support disability inclusion in the Australian Filipino community. Jenelyn's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW.
Rui was born and raised in mainland China, and came to Adelaide for her Master of Social Work degree as an international student. Now she works as a social worker in the disability sector. She understands that people with a disability are a diverse group with a wide range of experiences, abilities, and aspirations. She believes all people, regardless of differences, should have equal rights and recognition of their human dignity, and to have equal opportunities to be educated, to work, receive services and to participate in society. Outside of work, Rui enjoys camping and bushwalking, and is a lover of animals. She has a three-year old ginger cat and is looking forward to having a dog in the near future. Rui's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with the Multicultural Communities' Council of SA.
Clarissa Gunawan is Speak My Language's Indonesian Traveler who moved from Palembang to Darwin in 2017. Clarissa has a background in Design and Cooking and has been working as a Chef for three years in Australia. She has experience with government projects and is also actively involved in local church and organizations as a volunteer and a choir leader. She was a volunteer teacher for underprivileged children in Jakarta and joined a government project in a remote area in Indonesia. She is looking forward to use her knowledge and bilingual skills and contribute to the Speak My Language Program.