“A lot of learning and a lot of laughs”: Rachel talks student experience at STEPS

Student Support Officer Rachel Christo works with people studying in the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) at STEPS Education and Training in Casuarina.

She offers support to new Australians in the program wherever she can—whether students want to talk about classes, their goals, or work, her door’s always open.

“I love to be able to give students support as they build their new life in Australia,” she said.

Rachel is passionate about community and giving back, and about sharing the dynamic student experience that STEPS AMEP offers.

“The learning journey here is amazing, there is a really good atmosphere in and out of the classroom,” Rachel said.

“Our students really want to be here; they really want to learn, and it just makes a great environment.

“There’s a lot of learning here but there is also a lot of fun and a lot of laughter,” she said.

Rachel said STEPS staff and volunteers are so passionate about offering new Australians the best start and outcome in their language journey that it makes a very positive and warm learning environment.

“Some students say it is like a second home here, and that’s always wonderful to hear,” Rachel said.

“Our students are very supportive and caring of one another, and they make genuine friendships that last,” she said.

Rachel said there is a real sense of community at STEPS and there is always something happening, in and out of the classroom.

“A lot of the memorable moments here are the events we have had, like Harmony Day and Refugee Week,” Rachel said.

“These are times where our students get together and share their culture.

“The events we hold are a real stand out here,” she said.
If you would like to start your learning journey and further build your English language skills, STEPS AMEP can help. We have classes in Casuarina, Palmerston and Alice Springs. Call 1300 585 868 to find out more about classes in Casuarina and Palmerston and 08 8950 7600 for classes in Alice Springs.


The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

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