Cintia AntunesEducational Consultant


I am Cintia, born in Paraná, but gaúcha since I was nine years old. I come from Vera Cruz/RS. My journey began in Australia in 2010, when I decided to come here to study English at the invitation of my sister, Viviane. My first city was Melbourne, and I lived there for two years. Then moved to Perth and that has been already four years and hence do not intend to leave so early. In these many years in Australia, I learned a lot. I grew up, matured, turned real woman. The experience that I live every day makes me be sure I made the right choice. And more .. ..I didn’t choose AUS to live, AUS chose me!

Working with exchange satisfies me every day. Mainly because, beyond taking care of people’s dream”, this job gives you the opportunity to help them whatever the situation is. Helping students and the Brazilian community goes beyond reaching goals. It’s the giving, sharing, exchanging and making sure we do good things, good things will always come back to us.

Viviane AntunesRegional Director


I am Vivi, and although not gaucha from birth, I grew up in Rio Grande do Sul and came from a town called Santa Cruz do Sul. When I decided to embark on this journey of coming to live in Australia, I chose Melbourne to live, but in the course of years, I realized I needed fresh air and so today I live in Perth, the city I chose and can now call “home”.

I have a degree in Computer Science and numbers have always been an attraction for me. I work as a project manager for many years and in parallel to my career in IT, administer the agency WEST 1 Perth.

I am a very transparent person and love new adventures and especially traveling. The cuisine of a country is something that facinates me, because I love to try diferente things in the kitchen. I am married and have a beautiful little boy that fills me with joy every day.

Come to Australia was the best decision of my life, I love this country as if it was mine, and I recommend to all those who like me, one day want to adventure into the Kangaroo land.

Carolina SaldanhaEducational Consultant


I’m Carol and I arrived in Australia in January 2007 straight from Sao Paulo city to do a course in mass communication for one year right after completing my Bachelor in Journalism. At the time I thought I wanted to make documentaries. Six months later I had already decided my next course, this time it would be design.

I’ve worked a lot here, cried, wanted to go home, to stay forever, to stay here for a while and then go and travel the world; but throughout my journey I have made this country my home.

Australia was my only choice of study destination, as I am very interested in its natural beauty, specially the desert, which has always been fascinating to me. I love to get away and explore this land. I lived in Melbourne as well, but came back to Perth.

People talk about how safe Australia is, how clean and organised, but for me it’s always been about identity; I feel like I belong here. I came with no expectations and allow my story to be written as I go, so if there is one thing I can tell you is that: come to Australia with an open mind and an open heart, leave your preconceived concepts behind. Live every second here and be surprised.

Phil FreitasEducational Consultant


I’m Phil, a 90’s young man full of plans and dreams for the future! 

Born in Sao Bernardo do Campo – Sao Paulo, Graduated in Marketing.

I have always dreamed about living in another country, didn’t know exactly where, but the idea has always been fixed in my mind.

After some researches about where to go, my wife (girlfriend back then) and I, have decided: Australia it is!

We arrived in Perth in May/2013 and since we got here, only wonderful things has happened for us!

On my first week here I got a job as waiter on a Café shop in the city, in two weeks I became Barista and after a month I was the Café manager. Everything happened really fast.

I believe that “nothing happens by chance”, and here in Australia I started to believe it even more. Every time something “bad” happened, it turns out to be something “great” at the end! That’s how I became a Student Counsellor at WEST1.

Work with costumer’s services is my passion, I love the interaction with other people, sharing information, giving advices and have the opportunity to help the students to guide their future is priceless!

I’m also still working as Barista on weekends because that’s something I love to do as well!

I think the best thing of living in Australia is that even when we’re busy, we can still manage some time to do things that you enjoy! My favourite hobbies are… hum… I like cooking, go to the gym, playing table tennis, riding my motorbike, playing guitar and of course, at least once a month I like to have a BBQ with friends!

Life in Australia is awesome mate!

So, if you are reading this and thinking about embark in a new journey, go for it!

I’m not saying only to Australia, but anywhere you want to go! If you have your mind set and open for new challenges, doesn’t matter where you are, you will succeed!



Hello, I have been in Australia since 2013, I am a lawyer back home in Colombia and an accountant student here in Perth.

I have experience in hospitality, and this has helped me to learn how to face the different challenges that I have experienced during my Australian experience. I speak three languages and I would love to learn a little bit more every day.

In love of this city here I am, assuming new challenges where I become part of the West1 team who have taught me the importance of taking care of students and helping them to achieve the same dream that I am living day by day.