An RMIT University scholarship program has enabled three East Timorese women to travel to Australia to study English for 10 weeks.
The Matadalan Ba Malu program (MBM) is run by university staff, alumni and students at RMIT.
For almost a decade, RMIT English Worldwide (REW) has supported East Timorese women by giving them the opportunity to learn English and experience living and studying in a foreign country.
The tuition fee is waived by REW and travel and living costs are covered by community fundraising and donations.
MBM is facilitated through RMIT's Centre for Global Research, in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies.
Aguida Mendonca, Ana Guterres and Juvita Pereira were the scholarship recipients this year.
Ms Mendonca, who works in the rural area of Ainaro, said she hoped to take the knowledge she gained from REW and share it with her community.
"At present, I am trying to implement all the things that I gained experience in while I studied in Australia at RMIT English Worldwide," she said.
"The skills that I gained are really helpful in my daily work at the National Directorate of Environment, because it helps me to communicate with greater confidence with our advisors and trainers, who are from overseas."
Ms Guterres said there was a growing demand for English training in East Timor, especially by young people.
"From my experience I want to encourage Timorese women to access education," she said.
"I have now finished my first degree in Timor and am excited for my future studies and what I can share with others."
Ms Pereira, who wants to enter the legal profession and become a judge, said she felt more confident at university after finishing the program.
"My time in Australia learning English at REW has helped me a lot in my daily life as well as in my studies," she said.
"I have also started teaching basic English in my community; I teach a total of 34 children and young people.
"I can see that all these opportunities come because of my skills that I learnt at REW."