Belconnen SEE opportunity at Canberra National Zoo

"It was very amazing because I'd never been to the zoo. We are very lucky."

September 29 2017

SEE student Yrgaalen up close and personal with the marine life at Canberra National Zoo.  

Thanks to Canberra National Zoo and MAX Solutions Belconnen Trainer James Humphreys, 14 Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) participants went to the zoo! 

The SEE program helps individuals who have poor reading, writing and numeracy skills, improve these skills to progress into full time employment. Many SEE participants are refugees or migrants from war torn countries who are not able to go back home. 

MAX Solutions approach to SEE is to use experiential learning activities and embed literacy and numeracy activities in a setting which is meaningful to the students. The National Zoo not only offered these learning opportunities, but also features attractions that for many of the participants, remind them of home.   

Belconnen SEE student Pipi migrated to Australia from Thailand just over one year ago. Pipi said he never had the opportunity to visit a zoo before.

“We are very lucky,” he said. “It was very amazing because I’d never been to the zoo. I saw a lot of animals, Giraffes, Otters, Emus and Kangaroos.”


Pipi was proud to recall animal facts he learned at the zoo. 

“I learned that giraffes only sleep for between two minutes and two hours,” he explained. “Otters are very clever and very fast, they swim under water up to 8km/hr.” 

SEE Trainer James Humphreys said the National Zoo and the animals provided the perfect opportunity for the students to brush up on their English words and phrases. 

“They called out each of the animals, then wrote down the name of the animal and described their behaviours.”


James was astounded by the generosity and coming together of the students who are from such culturally diverse backgrounds. 

“The students had brought their own lunches and shared them together. It was completely unexpected but amazing to see lunches from all their different backgrounds. They are such a generous group.” 

For more information on SEE visit maxsolutions.com.au/Training/find-a-course/SEE or call 1800 021 560. 

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