My Christmas Window

Wake up. Time to get up.  It is the middle of the night and I’m sleeping. Wake up. Why? The light in my bedroom has been turned on and I hear my mother’s voice calling me. Drifting, trying so hard to wake up, I am confused, then suddenly I remember   – Continue reading “My Christmas Window”

Kalumburu Western Australia (Part 3)

It was with a heavy heart that the decision was made for my husband and I to leave Kalumburu and there are a few reasons why we needed to make that decision, but the most upsetting part about leaving was knowing Continue reading “Kalumburu Western Australia (Part 3)”

Kalumburu Western Australia (Part 2)

The indigenous community of Kalumburu is steeped in culture and tradition. They are extremely tactile people who thrive on hugs. Children with snotty noses, dirty faces and hands would snuggle in between my breasts and wrap their arms around my back while Continue reading “Kalumburu Western Australia (Part 2)”

Kalumburu Western Australia ( Part 1)

As the small aircraft approaches the dirt airstrip in the remote outback, my heart is in my mouth as the reality of a decision we made just a few weeks earlier is appearing before my eyes. It is early February 1996 as we prepare to land in Kalumburu, a community of just over 200 people at that time,  in the north-west of Western Australia. We were about to start a new chapter in our lives and work as volunteers at Kalumburu Aboriginal Mission, the most remote mission in Australia.  The first stage of travel was a flight from Brisbane to Continue reading “Kalumburu Western Australia ( Part 1)”

TEFL – Teach English as a Foreign Language

It was 9.00 am on Monday morning as I anxiously waited for my turn to introduce myself to the group. There were 11 other people in the classroom and I had been eagerly awaiting this moment for a few months. On reflection, the truth is I had been dreaming of this moment for many years and now it had arrived and I am about to fulfil an ambition and dream Continue reading “TEFL – Teach English as a Foreign Language”