Conversation in Isolation - Meet the Team

Editor: Seraphina Choong 

Australia has been in lockdown during the past two months, and thanks to your efforts, the spread of coronavirus has receded. As stay-at-home restrictions ease, today we are thrilled to bring in a member of our team, Georgia Ngo, to find out a little bit about herself and her life outside of lockdown.

  • “Hi, what is your name and what year level are you in?”
Hello, my name is Georgia Ngo and I'm a 4th year Medical Student.

  • “How would you describe yourself in 3 words?”
Describing myself in three words is such a hard task but I hope I am curious, driven and reflective.

  •  “Awesome! Can you tell us why you have chosen to sign up and help out with ‘Conversation in Isolation’?”
I chose to sign up to help with 'Conversation in Isolation' because I believe we need to be supporting each other in crazy times like this. I think I was feeling, like many other people, helpless and unsure what to do during the COVID-19 crisis. I have family members who are very high-risk and it's scary to think that there was nothing I could do to help (besides staying at home). I'm very privileged to be surrounded by family during this time and I hoped to alleviate, even just a tiny bit, someone else's struggles.

  •  It sounds very meaningful. Do you speak any languages other than English at home?”
I speak English and some shocking Vietnamese to family. I'm not sure if I could call a community member in Vietnamese but if someone signed up, I would try!

  •  “The only Vietnamese words I know are those to order my food, and you are much better than me already. Is there any advice you would like to give to aspiring volunteers?”
My advice to aspiring volunteers is keep connected! We're trying to build a community within the volunteers to support each other when any problems arise. The best advice I can give is making sure you read the emails we send, join our volunteer Facebook group and ask as many questions as you need. There is a community here to support you.

  •  “Is there anything you would look forward to after restriction eases?”
The first thing I'll do when lockdown is over is go to an Art Museum or Aquarium. I think I just like sitting in really beautiful spaces and can honestly see the same thing multiple times and not get sick of it. Also, super excited to eat at restaurants! Support your local shops through this time if you can!