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Language student prepares for future in Alice

By Patrick Nelson

English language student Regi Varghese prepares food parcels for distribution in Alice Springs English language student Regi Varghese prepares food parcels for distribution in Alice Springs

Indian-born Regi Varghese is Charles Darwin University’s newest English language student in Alice Springs.

Mr Varghese attended his first lesson this week, determined to improve his language skills so he would be better able to “do something for the community”.

“I enrolled so that I could develop my speaking and listening skills,” he said of the general English language course.

“It was a good class and I enjoyed it very much.”

Mr Varghese, whose first language is Malayalam, grew up in Kerala in south-west India. After completing an accounting degree, he worked in India, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and England before migrating to Australia in 2009 when his wife, Maria, accepted a nursing position at Alice Springs Hospital.

“It has been four years and eight months but now we will stay because on Australia Day we became citizens,” he said.

The English language program is the second CDU course in which Mr Varghese has enrolled.

“I have also done a Certificate III in Financial Services. Now I would like to do more things for the community and I need better language skills,” he said.

The father-of-two works for St Vincent de Paul assisting with the emergency relief, food van and prison programs.

“We distribute food to the poor and visit the prisoners,” he said.
“But I would like to do more.”

Mr Varghese said he planned to stay in Alice Springs because it was a good place to raise a family.

“We will still visit our family in India, but I would like to buy a house in Alice Springs. Our future is here.”