As we learn the layers of multicultural Australia, students have been keeping journals as part of the course. Here are just a few reflections from some of the group.
Andrew’s reflection from Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary:
After getting my picture taken with the koala, Jackson and I headed over to the kangaroo area. The environment was unlike that of a regular zoo where this environment was a huge field where the kangaroos were free to roam around the pasture and could go and eat where they pleased. It was a lot different from animals being stuck inside a little cage like at regular zoos. We both then walked around with the kangaroo food we had bought in the gift shop to feed them. Jackson apparently was very popular with the kangaroos and had three of them eating from his hand. They also were interested in eating from my hand and I enjoyed being able to pet them as well. We also tried to feed the emu’s but we were both scared that they would attack us because of being too close to them and invading their territory so we decided not to.
Jackson’s reflection from our Multi-Cultural Workshop by Australian Trainer Margaret Bornhorst:
During the workshop today, we learned many things. This included the customs of Australia. Some of the things that were discussed seemed slightly familiar from the intro to communication course, but other’s seemed new. The part that I thought was most interesting was the whole thing about the culture and personality clashes. This revolves around two people from different cultures clashing. They just have to figure out if their clashing because of their cultures are different or because their personalities are different. For it to be defined as a culture clash, it must involve a trait, either a value, a belief, a behavior, or an attitude.
Bobbie’s reflection from our Multi-Cultural Workshop by Australian Trainer Margaret Bornhorst:
Today during our workshop we learn many new Australian values one may not notice at first glance. The speaker was very informed because she lived in the United States till she was thirteen then moved to Australia. This allowed her to see Australian through a unique perspective. One interesting Australian value I learned was that many men in Australia are not keen on showing emotion. My homestay mention this probably came from the English background and said it is very encouraged to have a stiff upper lip. Jame the 14 year old boy I was living with said it was not normal for his circle of friend but not looked down on. Anti-intellectualism was another value many Australians seem to adopt.