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Interviews with people from Latin American countries now living in Tasmania. There are both commonalities and differences between migrants from the various countries of South and Central America. Get some of their perspectives and hear about how they came to this remote island of Tasmania Continue Reading >> Interviews with people from Latin American countries now living in Tasmania. There are both commonalities and differences between migrants from the various countries of South and Central America. Get some of their perspectives and hear about how they came to this remote island of Tasmania << Show Less
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Ariana from Brazil : Bringing determination and a positive mindset to Tasmania So what associations come to mind when you think about Brazil ? Sun, samba and soccer, perhaps ? But as well as that it's a big country geographically and one of the most diverse racially and culturally on earth.
Ariana is a rare example from the people I've talked to, in that she both aimed to come to Tasmania and was able to secure a job here before moving, which took many attempts over 9 months.
As someone who worked in the airline industry for many years, it's perhaps not surprising that Ariana has moved around a lot, both throughout Brazil and the world. Like many Brazilians started work at an early age, helping her mother with her house-cleaning business. But it was her dream to become an airline pilot, a dream that seemed impossible, but Ariana started to go in that direction step by step, and eventually worked as a flight attendant for a Brazilian airline...and from here a new world of possibility opened up.
But it was only after working in New Zealand that she decided that she didn't want to return to Brazil but instead make a new life abroad.
Elena from Mexico : A life of colours One could say that Elena's personality and career match the country and culture she comes from - Mexico. When she was a young woman in Mexico, Elena decided she wanted to study "aestheticologie", which equates roughly to what we might could beauty therapy here. Elena had a successful career in Mexico working TV and other fields. Through her work she would meet her Tasmanian husband and they would eventually come to Launceston with their two Mexican-born children.
Things did not good to plan and Elena faced marriage break up and health issues on the way. Through a connection she became the host of a Spanish-language program on City Park Radio in Launceston, connecting her with many Spanish-speaking individuals and communities in Tasmania and beyond. She is also a strong advocate for the rights of children with autism , after her son was diagnosed with the condition.

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Denisse from Ecuador : Drawn to Australia by the Crocodile Hunter Australia is not generally a popular destination for Ecuadorians, but Denisse, a self-confessed contrarian, developed a fascination with Steve Irwin and his show the Crocodile Hunter. At 19 years of age she came to Australia on an exchange to study Hotel Management with the an eye to take of the family business. However, she ended up taking a different path and gravitated towards science, and driven by her passion for animals. Ultimately this would take her back to Ecuador to study sharks in the Galapagos Islands and then to Tasmania, where she is currently doing a Ph.d relating to marine life and the Antarctic.
Diana from Honduras : Learning about Tasmania at a bottle shop It would be an understatement to say that there aren't many Hondurans in Tasmania - as far as she knows, Diana and her husband are the only ones. Coming from a country that is heavily influenced by the US, she and her husband wanted to gain experience in a different English-speaking country and have a bit of an adventure. Her husband was also keen to settle in a place with four seasons...though perhaps Tasmania "overdelivered" in this regard !
Although Diana's background is in community services, her first job was at a bottle shop in Hobart, which gave her a unique induction into Tasmanian culture and people. During the first lockdown in Hobart , she was surprised to find that bottle shops were considered an "essential service" and she was able to observe some noticeable cultural differences from what might be expected in Honduras.
Lucia from Bolivia : Finding her people in Tasmania Bolivia is not a country we hear a lot about it in Tasmania - it's far away, it's landlocked with cities high up in the mountains where the people play panpipes - it's like a fantasy country in the minds of many. The reality is, that like many countries it's quite an unequal society and so people will seek their fortunes in other places. It wouldn't be totally accurate to describe Lucia's journey this way, but she did leave Bolivia after finishing high school to seek a better or different future in Chile. Lucia would eventually travel to Melbourne to study after deciding to take a different career path and, to cut a long story short, she ended up in Tasmania in 2019 and got a job in the tourism sector. Needless to say, 2020 was a difficult year for that sector and Lucia faced a tough struggle to find another job, but things now seem to have worked out and she says "I think I have found my spot here in Tassie".
German : A Venezuelan chef with a passion for travel German left Venezuela 5 years ago, before the economic, social and political situation seriously deteriorated. His reasons for leaving were more related to a love of travel than the situation in the country that has caused many Venezuelans to leave in the past few years.
After some time in the USA, German was thinking to go to South Africa where he new people, but his girlfriend persuaded him to follow her to Brisbane, Australia around 4 years ago, where he studied English and then Cookery. After breaking up with his girlfriend, he decided to make a new start in Tasmania, a place he didn't know a lot about but he was able to continue his studies here and got a job in a kitchen a month after arriving.
Paola from Argentina : Finding a sense of belonging in country Tasmania When Paola left Argentina for the first time having just finished uni studies, she never expected she would have ended up at the bottom of the world in southern Tasmania. The plan had actually been to backpack around Europe and go back to Argentina, but a 500 km walk on the Camino in Spain with an Aussie guy she met travelling lead to a kind of spiritual awakening, falling in love and then moving to Australia.
Just over two years ago her and her husband made the decision to trade a successful life in Sydney and move the family to a country property just outside the township of Cygnet, a 50 minute drive south of Hobart, a decision which has exceeded her expectations in many ways.
Carlos from Peru : A lesson in persistence After Carlos's mother remarried and relocated from Peru to Tasmania in 1972, 12-year-old Carlos was meant to follow. His visa application was rejected and Carlos was left in the care of his elderly grandmother who was too old to look after him properly. Carlos, though a victim of polio at an early age had made him lame, lived a privileged early life, but left to educate himself through his high school years, life was tough in Peru. His parents had stressed to him the importance of getting an education should he make it to Australia, but it wasn't until 1984 that he was able to visit them on a tourist visa and after many trials was able to get residence. Although initially he did not like Hobart - he spoke no English and there were almost no Spanish speakers, he would eventually go on to study art in Hobart and become an accomplished wood artist.
Carlos's is a great story of resilience and persistence and a strong pride in his Peruvian heritage
Carlos from Colombia : Finding a safe place in Tasmania Like many other recent migrants, Carlos was drawn to Tasmania by the regional migration programme, after spending a year in Melbourne. He and his wife had decided to leave Colombia 4 years ago to seek a safer and more secure life in Australia. Carlos bought with him much experience working in social projects in Bogota, but with few employment opportunities in Tasmania, he ended up working in an apple orchard and doing cleaning at the university. However, through persistence he managed to get an opportunity work in a job that he now loves with the Red Cross.
Although Tasmania seemed a bit too quiet for him at first and the lack of variety you might get in a large city is something he misses, coming from Colombia he appreciates living in a safe and secure environment above all.
Nancy from Chile : Escaping imprisonment for resisting a military dictatorship Nancy was 11 when the democratically elected government was overthrown in a military coup, and even at such a young age she and those in the poor neighbourhood she lived in Santiago felt the negative impact of the change. The regime of General Pinochet was one marked by human rights abuses and heavy political repression leading thousands of Chileans to flee to other countries.
Chileans first came to Tasmania in significant numbers in the late 1980s, and Nancy and her family were among them, essentially political refugees fleeing one of South America's most notoriously brutal dictatorships. Although many younger Chileans have left since the 80s for the bigger cities of mainland Australia, the Chilean community is still the largest Latin American community in Tasmania. But for Nancy it had never been in the original plan to put down roots here, the plan had been to return to Chile when it was safe again to do so. After ten years she returned to Chile but things were not as expected and when she returned to Tasmania it was with a different mindset and now she feels truly at home in Tasmania.