Ali* is a 20-year old Ballarat resident, who has taken on a number of volunteering roles, including advocating for asylum seekers and volunteering at CMY events.
I came to Australia in 2013 by boat. First I went to Christmas Island, then Tasmania then Ballarat community detention centre.
It’s awesome (in Australia). I want to keep busy, so I like meeting new people, building new networks and getting involved in the Ballarat community.
I’m waiting to get my (Australian permanent residency) visa. The first thing I’ll do if I get my visa is do my degree in Engineering. As a child I’d look at buildings and want to build them; my family are builders. It’s my passion, so my dream is to become an engineer. I’ve been lucky because I got a scholarship from Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to do a Diploma in Engineering at Federation University, so I’m doing that now and I really enjoy it. Hopefully, one day I’ll become an engineer.
*Name changed to protect the individual’s privacy