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.
Eliza works as a Communications Officer for the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Western Australia (ECCWA). Her experience at ECCWA and her cultural background as a Vietnamese Australian has given her the skill and scope to be a Traveller for the Speak My Language program. Through podcast production, she has learnt more about the stories of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disabilities and she has used her skills to create valuable content for and with people with disabilities. Eliza's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of WA.
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.
Charitha Dissanayake moved to Melbourne from Sri Lanka in 2003, where he quickly became involved in the local Sri Lankan community as a broadcaster. Charitha has a background in media, particularly in radio broadcasting, and has presented his own radio program in the Sinhala language for more than 18 years. He has also been a volunteer for several community events and organisations, including 3MDR radio station, Channel 31, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, Diabetic Victoria and many Sri Lankan cultural events. He has enjoyed using his bilingual skills and connections for the Sri Lankan community to highlight the stories of people living with disabilities in the Speak My Language program. Charitha's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of VIC.