Gloria Moreno.
Gloria Moreno. Luka Kauzlaric

Spanish resident volunteers to teach her native tongue

GLORIA Moreno has only been in Gladstone since October last year, but that has not stopped her taking part in not-for-profit organisations.

Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours was a vital support network for Gloria, who moved to the industry-heavy Australian town from Spain.

"Life in Spain is different, because we had all of our family and friends," she said.

"But I'm making my own life here I like living in Australia."

Gloria's boyfriend Jose Ros moved to Gladstone for work, and a few months later she found herself in Gladdy too.

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym and she is working on her English.

"I have been learning English all my life, but when I first moved here the accent was hard to understand."

But while she works hard to feel comfortable with our language, she hopes to extend Gladstone's cultural knowledge a little further too.

She is a volunteer Spanish teacher, an initiative from WIN which begins on Wednesday.

Having studied a bachelor in education in Spain she said she is looking forward to getting back into the field.

During her time in Australia she and her boyfriend have travelled to Noosa, Sydney, Surfers Paradise, and Brisbane.

When asked about her future plans she said they were pretty open to their opportunities.

"I'm not sure, we're here for now and taking it as it comes," Gloria said.

To register or for more information about the Spanish classes, which are held on Wednesdays from 6.30-8.30pm call 0487 422 142 or email

Are you new to the Gladstone region? If so, The Observer is always looking for new people to be profiled for Welcome Wednesday. Email with your contact details if you are interested in being involved.

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