Listen to July, 2020 podcasts

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Ojay Moka

Ojay Moka grew up in Papua and New Guinea, nurtured within a large family and close-knit community that formed his entire world, so his decision to study on the Gold Coast was a huge step outside of his comfort zone.

The challenges of adapting to a new culture quickly dissipated with the realisation that he’d made the best decision of his life. The Southern Cross University graduate now encourages other young people of the Pacific region to discover the value of higher education by following in his footsteps.  

29 Jul 2020

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Soham Pandit and Tanya Bhandari

Soham Pandit and Tanya Bhandari relinquished their management roles with India’s prestigious Taj Hotel Group to further their careers by studying International Tourism at Griffith University.

They came to Australia’s tourism capital excited by the potential of realising their dream of working here at the conclusion of their studies, but a few months shy of their graduation disaster hit the global tourism industry in the shape of COVID-19.

When all seemed lost new opportunities emerged with support from the local community. Theirs is a wonderful story of resilience, determination and hope.

22 Jul 2020

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Emmanuelle Bryant

Emmanuelle Bryant’s choices in life have been governed by a strong sense of social justice. As a young black woman growing up in a country steeped in cultural tradition like France, Emmanuelle knew that while she was unquestionably French, she also identified as being distinctly different from her compatriots.

Following a life changing experience immersed within Australia’s indigenous culture in the Northern Territory this passionately creative woman has made her home on the Gold Coast where she has been studying to become a film maker.  

16 Jul 2020

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Frankie Barcellos

The Gold Coast is a popular destination for Brazilian students with the opportunity to gain a world class education with an idyllic lifestyle and fabulous beaches.

Frankie Barcellos came here to study a Masters in Communications at Bond University and has since been employed by the local marketing agency Digital Junkies. In Frankie’s words he’s living the dream, but it’s a dream that’s taken a long time to become a realisation and one that he’s not willing to relinquish easily now that he’s here.

8 Jul 2020

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Weiwei Zhang

Weiwei Zhang is an adventurous spirit and self-confessed black sheep of the family. Unlike her Chinese classmates Weiwei yearned to spread her wings and fly. She travelled internationally as a backpacker and developed a greater sense of independence, later giving her the confidence to establish a New York office for her Chinese employer and run that business successfully.

Now in her 30’s, the hiking enthusiast is scaling greater heights as she reinvents herself with a new career by studying at Bond University on the Gold Coast.  

1 Jul 2020

Podcast Reviews

5 out of 5

08/06/2020
Kyron Armour

"This series is amazing.  I know both the people featured so far and yet I had no idea of their stories.  Both were captivating for different reasons, and both resonated with our family on a personal level.  It is interesting to have your perceptions of a situation challenged by others lived experiences.  I cannot wait for the next podcast!"

05/06/2020
Rohan Rafael Das

“Joseph Prospere you are truly an inspiration to so many people. If you can spare the time make sure you listen to this amazing podcast. So Good!"

05/06/2020
Michael Adams

“This. Is. Awesome.”

04/06/2020
Sue Moses

"Trevor Jackson is a master storyteller."

07/06/2020
Jeff Norman

“Joseph Prospere is a remarkable young man with a great story. Looking forward to the next episode.”

28/05/2020
Simon Howell

“Bren Domingo is a legend.”