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.

Marielba Bortone
SA

Marielba moved to Adelaide from Caracas in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Marketing and Advertising and has worked in project management, radio, event hosting and production assistance. Marielba is passionate about creating world-class events, and has over a decade of experience in the sector, both in Australia and overseas. Alongside owning and running her own events company, Marielba has volunteered extensively with the Latin American Society of South Australia, Radio Adelaide, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, and the Multicultural Youth Music and Culture Festival, amongst others. Marielba loves outdoor activities, dancing latin beats and spending time with her family and friends. Marielba's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with the Multicultural Communities' Council of SA, and her role as the Speak My Language Radio Coordinator was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of New South Wales.

Shilpashree Nagaraja Rao
NSW

Shilpashree Nagaraja Rao is a trained and experienced radio presenter from India. Before migrating to Australia, she used to host local language radio programs for All India Radio in Bangalore. Currently she is a co-host for the weekly Kannada language show at 2RRR, on community radio. Apart from Kannada, she is well acquainted with Hindi and Telugu. Shilpashree holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry and is currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching. Shilpashree's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW.

Julie Sciberras
VIC

Julie Sciberras is a passionate supporter of self-advocacy within the culturally diverse disability community, having worked in the sector since 2011. One of the highlights of her work has been facilitating a Women’s Circle for culturally diverse people who are non-verbal and marginalised. Julie is first generation Maltese Australian and has brought her passion and cultural understanding to the Speak My Language podcast series. Julie's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of VIC.

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