Helping students to learn English is very satisfying as it helps them settle into Australia and gives them autonomy. It helps me connect to other cultures and understand the obstacles they experience. I have met so many wonderful people and we can share thoughts, ideas and a laugh every week.
I have volunteered at MOSAIC for 23 years. I have met many other groups, participated in many activities. I feel very happy, healthy, satisfied and have been growing with the experience. Studying with young people makes me young and lively. Seeing my multicultural friends getting to know each other and having everyone together in harmony is the best nutrition for my body and soul.
Mariana La Grassa
As a leader of Italian social group, I have been successful in keeping our members happy with all the activities. I always try to keep a good vibe of satisfaction. I thank Willoughby Council for giving me this opportunity to have this group which I’ve managed for over 20 years. I thank you with gratitude.
I started volunteering to be involved in the local community and form new friendships when I migrated to Australia. What I did not expect, and is the secret to my long-term service, was that these friendships became life long and the students became like my family. Volunteering has allowed me to contribute back to society and made me grow as a person over the years.
Sau Peng Toong
Volunteering enriches my life when I participate and learn from the different cultures and I derive satisfaction when I see the smiles on my students face when they’ve created a piece of work. My confidence grows as I am dealing with people from all walks of life.
I am happy sharing my skills with other people in the local community. I find fulfilment when I see groups of my students performing at Chatswood council events to bring joy to the public. Being a volunteer enriches my social life through meeting people from many different cultures as well as people with different interests. MOSAIC Centre is a meeting place for everybody to interact and enjoy the harmony of Australian multicultural community.
I have had a lot of joy from teaching English and facilitating conversation amongst speakers of other languages. Planning the lessons is mentally stimulating. I enjoy learning a lot about the students’ countries and cultures when they are speaking. It is very gratifying being able to help people talk to each other.
Since starting my volunteering at MOSAIC, I have had the pleasure of learning and gaining so many wonderful experiences. They have helped me grow as a person. I just enjoy meeting and talking with people and exchanging my knowledge with others. MOSAIC has amazing staff and volunteers who will assist newcomers as well as old students in any way.