“We have been together for six years. After one and a half years, we got the chance to work at a school in a remote Aboriginal community, named Wiluna. It’s a small town in the middle of the desert in Western Australia with about 300 inhabitants. We did so many different things there: teaching English, maths, health, art, social studies, sports, technology but also photography, IT and a lot of behavioural management. For special occasions like funerals and ceremonies, Wiluna could double it’s population. When someone passes away, it is the tradition that his or her name becomes a taboo. So when someone named Sandy passed away, we couldn’t use the word ‘sand’ anymore for at least one year. For this reason children in our school changed their name quite often. Sometimes it was hard to trace these ‘ghost children’. One kid had over 18 names in government systems! Before we started with the job, the principal mentioned we could introduce ourselves as friends. That wasn’t an option for us, since we belong together. We found out that ‘ngupa’ is a non-gender specific term for a romantic partner in the local language. We acted openly and without shame about our relationship and children could always ask about it. Becoming a part of the Wiluna community has been an amazing experience for us. After four tough but amazing years, it was time to move on. It was time to spend more time with our family, which ¬†was totally understandable for the community of Wiluna.”

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