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 2020 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 stay in a mountain hostel, visit several farms, tour a seaside resort, visit Tokyo including a day at Tokyo Disneyland and so much more.
Students will be accompanied by exchange leaders from the Swan Hill municipality and will stay with host families while in Yamagata.
The 2020 exchange sees three new leaders joining the program. Max Carroll, who was a leader on the 2016 exchange has taken on the role of Chief Leader, and will be accompanied by Sarina Kelly, Meagan Monk, and Rachael Schulz.
Swan Hill Rural City Council Mayor Ann Young 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,” Cr young said.
“They get to experience the life and culture of another country, and it is only with the help of volunteers that this can continue.
“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 40th anniversary next year.
Applications for the 2020 Yamagata student exchange close on Friday, 7 June 2019.
Application forms are available from the Swan Hill Rural City Council offices, Swan Hill Region Information Centre or can be downloaded online here.
For further information regarding the 2020 Yamagata student exchange, please contact Robyn Fry at the Swan Hill Region Information Centre on 5032 3033 or email email@example.com.