Lismore City Council is calling for students and host families to be part of the 2017 Sister City Student Exchange Program.
Lismore City Council and Yamato Takada in Japan have enjoyed a sister city relationship since 1963 – the first sister city relationship ever adopted between Australia and Japan.
The annual Sister City Student Exchange Program is an ongoing legacy of the cultural sharing agreement, enabling local high school students to get a taste of Japanese culture, cuisine, and history. Unlike a tourist holiday, students stay with host families, visit local schools, and even meet local dignitaries and the Mayor, giving them a unique insight into the country and culture.
“You simply do not get this kind of experience very often. The exchange is an exceptional learning opportunity for any young high school student and a chance to really open their minds to new cultures and ways of life,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.
Council is now calling for nominations from secondary students to participate in the exchange program during the 2017 September school holidays as well as seeking nominations from interested people to host Japanese students when they come to Lismore as part of the exchange.
“Lismore’s sister city relationship with Yamato Takada is historically significant and the people there hold Lismore in very high regard,” Isaac said.
“Whether you are going to Japan or hosting an exchange student here, you will not only have fun and learn something new, but you’ll also be an ambassador for Lismore and the values we cherish.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to build cultural understanding and foster great friendships.”
Interested people need to complete the appropriate nomination form, which can be found at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au. The closing date for nominations is 12 May 2017.
For more information, phone Sister City Student Exchange Program Coordinator Michella Wade on 1300 87 83 87.