Meet Rina

Hi, my name is Peregrina Maria Gusmão Amaral, or Rina for short. I’m from Timor-Leste and studying a Bachelor of Information Technology at Charles Darwin University (CDU). My main goal of studying abroad is to explore a different perspective of study and how to learn, and to share ideas with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

My main personal motivation has always been to learn new things and I always endeavour to do my best and be involved in every organisation that provides these opportunities.

The main reason I’ve come to study in Darwin is that I have an IT scholarship from the Ministry of Finance of Timor-Leste for study at Charles Darwin University. Apart from that, I was also inspired by some of my friends and family who have already studied here in Australia through the Australian Awards scholarship program.

The study atmosphere in Darwin provides me with significant benefits for my study and professional experience. Firstly, the multicultural environment allows me to communicate and share activities with people from diverse cultural background. Secondly, the experience of activities off the university campus, as Darwin provides a lot of job opportunities that can help students gain practical and professional experience. The climate of Darwin is also warm and welcoming, apart from the occasional cyclone, and is very similar to Timor–Leste.

Throughout my two years in Darwin I have enjoyed getting involved with volunteer work. My first volunteer role was working with the Dili Sister City Community Committee (DSCCC) as a youth representative. This provided me with the chance to share my ideas with the committee from a youth perspective, on how to get young people involved in different kinds of educational activities in order to enrich themselves with new skills and knowledge. My other casual activity is playing music (guitar) for Sunday Mass Choir at Karama Church and other significant events with the Timorese community in Darwin.

Another fantastic experience I’ve had is the internship program with International Organisation for Migration in Canberra (ACT). My main role in this internship program was to support all areas of IOM Canberra’s resource management functions and the main tasks included assisting in examining procurement requests, supporting human resources processes (in particular recruitment) and reviewing payment requests. All of these experiences have helped me to expand my global vision and importantly really stand out on my resume.

I am now pleased to be elected as a 2016 StudyNT Student Ambassador. This program will provide an exciting professional development opportunity and a chance for me to share my experiences of studying in Australia’s Northern Territory with other students.