Students and families wanted for Sister City Student Exchange Program

Tuesday, 27 February

Lismore City Council is calling for students and host families to be part of the 2018 Sister City Student Exchange Program to Japan.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Lismore and Yamato Takada. The official signing of the agreement in 1963 marked the first sister city relationship between Australia and Japan.

As part of the 55th anniversary celebrations, a delegation of dignitaries from Yamato Takada will visit Lismore in June to attend the Lismore Lantern Parade while the Sister City Student Exchange Program will take place between July and September. The exchange program has been running for 33 years.

Council is now calling for nominations from secondary students to participate in the exchange program and is seeking nominations from interested people to host students from Yamato Takada when they come to stay in Lismore.

“Travelling on the student exchange program or taking part as a host family is life-changing,” Sister City Advisory Panel Chairperson Neil Marks said.

“I travelled to Japan in my role as chair of the advisory panel, and the generosity and goodwill of the people of Yamato Takada was truly humbling. Not only is it a beautiful country, but the people of Nara prefecture have a great affinity for and love of Lismore.

“As a host family, you may not travel overseas, but hosting a student is an incredibly joyful experience. Our Japanese guests are always so gracious, and having the chance to share cultural understanding, language and history is unforgettable.”

Interested people need to complete nomination forms on our Sister City Student Exchange Program page. The closing date for nominations is 30 April.

For more information, please phone Sister City Student Exchange Program Coordinator Michella Wade on 1300 87 83 87.

Image: Students from Yamato Takada in Japan taking science classes at Kadina High School as part of the Sister City Student Exchange Program.

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