Newcomers to Gladstone find friendship at Language Cafe

SETTLING IN: Newcomers Dyan Fernandez, from the Philippines, and Jihye Min, from Korea.
SETTLING IN: Newcomers Dyan Fernandez, from the Philippines, and Jihye Min, from Korea. Mike Richards GLAWWED

THE Language Cafe is a window that connects to a world of cultures and positive relationships.

Two newcomers to the region have already benefited from the Friends of the Library and Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (WIN) initiative.

Dyan Fernandez, 23, and Jihye Min, 26, became friends after meeting at the Language Cafe.

Dyan moved to Gladstone from the Philippines in January to be with her Australian partner Bradley Dale, who she wed at the Anglican Church Parish on May 5.

"It's really nice here," she said.

Jihye is from Korea and visiting her brother who works in Gladstone.

At the moment Jihye is studying English with WIN and undertaking self study at the library, but she hopes to change her visa so she can work in Australia as in Korea she was a nurse.

The pair said they enjoyed exploring what the region had to offer, volunteering, going to church and taking part in WIN events.

Meetings of the Language Care are on the second Tuesday each month, 9.30-11am.



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