About me

My name is Janelle Kwong and I am a student of the Master of Development Practice programme at the University of Queensland, where I am majoring in community development.  I am also a student of Capoeira.  I train with Cordao de Ouro in Brisbane’s inner-city suburb of West End.   I earn my keep by providing training, consultancy and other support services to community organisations such as Micah Projects (the lead agency for a homelessness services hub in South Brisbane), Roma House (a 24hr intensive support accommodation service in Spring Hill) and Project Circuit Breaker (an early intervention and prevention outreach service for families on Brisbane’s northside).

Prior to moving to Brisbane in 2009, I studied and worked in Sydney and it was also at this time that I first discovered Capoeira under the guidance of Group Capoeira Brasil. However, my Capoeira training lasted only as long as I stayed in the country.  Not long after starting, I took a year off to travel and teach English.  Upon my return, I regained employment within the financial services sector and I was fortunate enough to have an employer who supported the volunteer work I took part in outside of my work and studies.

There are many organisations to whom I am immensely grateful for giving me new avenues to explore my own journey of contribution.  Some of these include foodwatershelterOasis Africa, the Australia Cambodia Foundation,The ‘What Next’ ProjectROAR (Rwandan Orphans Assistance Response), Ethica Accessories,  CatalystSydney Basket Brigade and the Australian Business and Community Network’s 100 Faces programme.  I also owe my thanks to Joong Young, my most recent manager and friend, for her selfless support and career guidance – even when this meant a departure from financial services altogether to follow through with my interests in the community sector.

So to sum up, I guess I can say that, while previously I found my work, social, sporting, volunteer and study life quite compartmentalised, I believe I now have the luxury of being able to combine all of these circles of activity into one.  In the context of this project, I am at the same time a community development advocate, a Masters student and a Capoeirista.

  1. ERay
    June 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Hi Janelle,
    My name is E.Ray and I’m also a Masters student in Sustainable International Development. Two things get me out of bed every morning, trying to understand how we can be better at developing communities and Capoeira.
    As you can see, we have some passions in common and I would love the chance to talk with you a little bit more about organizations that are doing this work all over, since I’m in the States, but looking to travel for a practicum in the fall.

    Let’s be in touch,


    • June 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

      That’s awesome! Thanks for getting in touch! I’m actually heading over to the states in a few weeks’ time. If you are in SF between July 9 and 21 let me know 🙂

      • ERay
        October 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

        Hi Janelle,
        How was your trip stateside?
        I hope you had a great time and got to play lots of Capoeira.

        What are you up to these days? I’m in Damascus working with Bidna Capoeira so I’ve been thinking about your projects.

        Keep us updated!

        take care,

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