Mariam Elliott attended the Education Queensland International office for a cultural education session with three employees who were expecting seven Saudi Arabian University and High School educators to tour High Schools and the Universities of Brisbane and Queensland.
The Saudi delegates were interested to learn how our classes were constructed, new technology available to teachers and the way teachers and students communicated. The delegates wanted to implement some of these ideas with their students on their return, but in a culturally more acceptable manner.
Mariam also acted as their personal interpreter for the five days whilst they were touring the Brisbane schools.
Mariam Elliott has mentored international students and helped them to adapt to the Australian/western culture, some of whom were out of their country for the first time and were missing home and their families. Western culture had given them a cultural shock, which caused them to be either very shy and withdrawn, or misbehaving badly.