Did you know that according to the latest statistics, more than 280 million people were international migrants? This International Migrants Day (18 December), we celebrate the contributions and achievements of migrants all over the world, especially our very own Afeans and clients!
We’re putting the spotlight on our carer turned Client Coordinator, Babita. Originally from Nepal, Babita shares her experience when she first came to Australia.
When did you first arrive in Australia? What attracted you to this country?
I came here in March 2017. My family was already here in Melbourne, so I wanted to move in with them.
What’s your most challenging moment in Australia? Your favourite moment?
The days after my arrival were challenging. I was just 18 when I came to Australia, and I had to deal with a new lifestyle and culture. In the beginning, it was hard for me to find that work-life balance. Though I was with family, there was this part of me who wanted to give up everything and leave, as maybe I was not ready for adulthood yet!
My favourite moment would always be my first time at Melbourne International Airport. I still remember, when I landed first here, my grandparents, uncle and cousin came to pick me up. That very day I met my uncle after five years and my cousin for the very first time. As I am a family-oriented person, being with my family in Melbourne every single day for three years will always my favourite times here in Australia.
When did you join Afea and how do you like it here so far?
I moved to Sydney and joined Afea in 2020 as a support worker. After completing my studies, Afea gave me an opportunity to join the office team. So now I am employed as Client Coordinator with Afea since September 2021.
So far, I am loving my time here as I have a very lovely team (go North team!). I love my colleagues, the fun activities Afea organises for us and on top of that, the flexible working environment and that work-life balance I’ve been looking for!