Australia Awardee Immaculate Gillo wants to make a difference in Tanzania
October 3, 2014

Immaculate Gillo, Australia Awardee

​Immaculate Gillo aims to have a much greater impact on people in need. She wanted to know much more about how to work with communities to lift people out of poverty, so she moved from Tanzania to study at the La Trobe University Bendigo Campus.
‘I chose the course because it is closely related with my educational background – I have a Bachelor's degree in regional planning and I also teach subjects relating to community planning,’ Immaculate says.
Immaculate is studying on an Australia Award Scholarship. She is in her first year of the two-year Master of Community Planning and Development.
‘What I like most about the course is that it deals with people and it brings changes to people's lives’
she says.
Moving from Tanzania was not easy, but Immaculate thanks the University for encouraging her to arrive early.
‘I arrived in Australia six weeks before the start of the semester, which is long enough to adjust to the environment, culture, weather and all the new things,’ she says.
‘I was supposed to learn many things at the same time…thanks to La Trobe staff, especially the international office, Australian people, my fellow students and Tanzanians who live in Melbourne, for their assistance.’
With more than half of the academic year over, Immaculate is well on her way to her goal of becoming a more successful planner.
She says she will be in a position to teach higher-level students and generally have a greater understanding of how to assist communities, especially poor communities in rural areas.
‘With my Master’s in Community Planning and Development, I will have more chances to work with international organisations operating in my country and be able to use the obtained knowledge and skills for the advantage of many people,’ Immaculate says.
Last updated: October 7, 2014