Secondary school students, aged between 14 and 17, once again have the chance to undertake a trip of a lifetime with applications now open for the 2018 Yamagata student exchange.
Fifteen students from the Swan Hill region will be chosen for the two-week exchange, which will take place during the June school holidays next year.
Those going on the exchange will get to experience everyday life in the country, including going to school and will also have the chance to attend official reception, stay in a mountain hostel, visit several facilities and farms, tour a seaside resort, tour Tokyo including a day at Tokyo Disneyland as well as visiting many tourist sites.
Students will be accompanied by exchange leaders from the Swan Hill municipality and will stay with host families while in Yamagata.
The 2018 exchange sees three new leaders joining the program. Jann Barkman, who was a leader on the 2016 exchange has taken on the role of chief Leader, will be accompanied by Erin Jenkins, Mandy Molloy and Phil Barkman.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Les McPhee welcomed and thanked the new leaders for volunteering their time to the program.
“The Yamagata exchange program is such an incredible opportunity for our local young people. They get to experience the life and culture of another country, and it is only with the help of volunteers that this can continue,” Cr McPhee said.
“I would also like to thank our previous leaders for their hard work and dedication on previous exchanges. I’m sure their experiences were as rich and fulfilling as the students’.”
The student exchange is just one part of the ongoing Sister City relationship, which will mark its 37th anniversary next year.
Applications for the 2018 Yamagata student exchange close on Friday, 9 June 2017.
Application forms are available from the Swan Hill Rural City Council offices, Swan Hill Region Information Centre or can be downloaded here.
For further information regarding the 2018 Yamagata student exchange, please contact Robyn Fry at the Swan Hill Region Information Centre on 5032 3033 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured above are Yamagata Leaders (L to R) Erin Jenkins, Mandy Molloy, Jann Barkman (Chief Leader) and Phil Barkman.
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