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Keomony finds life changing community at Navitas Skilled Futures 

By Barry De Silva | March 14, 2024

Adapting to life in a new country can be a challenging experience, particularly for those who arrive with limited English. Amid the obstacles, stories of resilience and triumph emerge, like Keomony’s journey with her husband and two children from Cambodia to Australia. Her subsequent experience through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at Navitas Skilled Futures (NSF) epitomises Keomony’s story of courage and growth. 

AMEP Cabramatta student, Keomony

Formerly a factory worker in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia, Keomony envisioned a brighter future. In 2017, Keomony, along with her family, made the life-changing decision to relocate – the initial years without the ability to confidently communicate in English proved to be challenging. “I just didn’t have the confidence to speak. It was very hard for the first five years,” Keomony said. 

Despite these difficulties, Keomony remained undeterred in her pursuit of a better life. In 2022, upon relocating to Sydney, she explored the opportunity to learn English through the AMEP at NSF in Cabramatta. 

“I had searched online and discovered the AMEP, which offered free English classes funded by the Australian Government – I was very excited. I had also seen Navitas’ advertisements for free English classes, which prompted me to visit their college in Cabramatta and find out more.”

Keomony – AMEP, Cabramatta

Within the supportive environment of NSF, and under the guidance of dedicated and experienced trainers, Keomony’s English proficiency flourished. She not only got her driver’s license but also passed the Australian Citizenship test; milestones she once deemed unattainable.  

“Navitas has been a truly welcoming community, providing me assistance with various resources and connections to essential services,” she said. “It really has changed my life. I am now on my way to becoming an Australian citizen and have passed my driving test – I couldn’t have done that without the staff at Navitas; I can’t thank them enough for how they’ve helped me.” 

Keomony’s newfound confidence and English language skills have opened doors to exciting opportunities. With aspirations to pursue careers in aged and child care, she is eager to explore the avenues that lie ahead. To those contemplating a similar path, Keomony offered some advice.

“I would recommend Navitas – the AMEP provided me with a sense of belonging in Australia and I’ve made some lifelong friendships there. They also offer free childcare, which was important for me as a mother.”

Keomony – AMEP, Cabramatta

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