Lismore City Council is calling for applications for the 2019 Sister City Student Exchange Program to Yamato Takada in Japan.
Lismore City Council and Yamato Takada 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 agreement, enabling local high school students to get a taste of Japanese culture, cuisine and history on the annual 10-day exchange.
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 life in Yamato Takada.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to broaden horizons, learn about the world and be treated to an experience like no other,” Sister City Advisory Group Chairperson Neil Marks said.
“I have been on one of these exchanges and I can tell you it is a real eye-opener. Our sister city relationship is more than 50 years old, and the people of Yamato Takada treat their Lismore visitors like family. They place great value on the relationship and it is truly something special to be part of; to witness that love for Lismore and such deep respect for our city in another country.”
Council is now calling for nominations from secondary students to participate in the exchange program during the September school holidays as well as seeking nominations from interested people to host Japanese students when they come to Lismore later in 2019.
“Being a host family is also a fantastic experience – I have done it myself several times,” Neil said.
“The students are so gracious and respectful. It’s an absolute pleasure to share your home with them, and learn about their culture and country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to build your cultural understanding and foster great friendships.”
Interested people need to nominate by 29 April 2019.
Source: Lismore City Council