Many of our refugee students come from violent, war-torn countries where they accumulate physical, emotional and psychological scars that come with them as they start their new lives in Australia.
Our program provides opportunities that aren’t available to them anywhere else. As well as free English language classes, we aim to break down social barriers for refugees by introducing them to Australian ideas and customs, and providing reading materials, social activities and volunteer mentors. Wherever possible, we guide these students in finding work.
We run four classes each week at our Camperdown campus, including individual tutoring sessions on Monday and Wednesday, and several classes on Saturdays. After weekend classes students are invited to have lunch with the program volunteers. This provides an opportunity for refugee students to feel more connected, and to engage with Australian culture, customs and traditions. The classes include:
2019 Term 1 classes start on Saturday 2 March and conclude on 13 April. Term 2 begins on 18 May.
We depend entirely on private donations to fund our work.
By supporting the Refugee Language Program, you will be offering refugees access to these important opportunities, and giving our new friends the chance to make a home in Australia.