Se 02 Ep 09 Ellie Scott, Kangaroo Ground, Part Two

August 1, 2018

“There is a vision in the book of Revelation which I love - in the Bible - that talks about how around the throne of God in heaven there are people of every tongue, tribe, language and people group.”

“Every cross-cultural experience you have makes you richer.”

“I would just like to encourage people to make cross-cultural relationships.”

In part one of this conversation, Ellie Scott spoke about her father’s experience of migration from Argentina to the USA, and her observations about second culture kids and hospitality, before reflecting on her own experience of migration from the USA to Australia.

In this episode, part two of their conversation, Sharon Southwell asks Ellie about her experiences living in Indonesia and West Papua and working in Australia in a cross-cultural context. Ellie speaks movingly about the importance of language for all of us in expressing matters of the heart, and the challenges and riches of cross-cultural experiences.


You can find Ellie’s songs at 'Send out your word':

Ellie and her husband Graham have a blog at where you can find out more about their work.

Listeners who are interested in working cross-culturally might consider enrolling in subjects through the Summer Institute of Linguistics of Australia or investigating their six-week intensive Summer course, Launch. For details visit

Next episode: We speak to Karien about her experience of migrating from Holland.

For Season 1 (2017) interview transcripts and photos, Season 2 (2018) podcast notes and photos, and information about how to take part in the project, and how to contact us, visit the This Is Us Australia project website (see Blog, Project Description, and Contact). You are welcome to leave comments or feedback there or on the Podbean Ap.

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Special thanks to Rambo2100 via Flickr for the photograph ‘Flinders Street’ used in the artwork and to Podington Bear for the theme music from ‘Forces’.