Council invites applications for the 2025 Yamagata Student Exchange

Published on 28 May 2024

Yamagata blossoms.jpg
 

Swan Hill Rural City Council is thrilled to announce the commencement of registrations of interest for the much-anticipated 2025 Yamagata Student Exchange program. 

Council’s Mayor Cr Stuart King said the initiative offered an unparalleled opportunity for secondary school students, living in Swan Hill, to immerse themselves in a cultural exchange experience like no other.

“I had the absolute pleasure to participate in the original Swan Hill – Yamagata student exchange in 1986. Since then, I have had family members participate in the student exchange and I wholeheartedly recommend this program,” he said.

Cr King said students had the unique chance to be paired with a student from Yamagata for a home-stay opportunity, spending approximately 10 days in each other's families’ homes, alternating between Yamagata and Swan Hill.

“During this exchange, students will delve into the heart of everyday life, gaining insights into local customs, traditions, and educational systems. 

“Students will attend local schools, participating in group activities, official receptions, and experience a variety of excursions such as visits to facilities, farms, a mountain hostel, a seaside resort, and iconic landmarks in Tokyo, including a day at Tokyo Disneyland,” he said.

Applications for the 2025 Yamagata Student Exchange are open to secondary students in Year 8 and above, who reside in Swan Hill. 

Cr King encouraged local students to join with Council in embracing the spirit of cultural exchange and fostering international friendships.

Interested families are encouraged to apply by the application deadline, Friday, 7 June 2024. 

For more information and application forms please click here

How to apply:

Application deadline, Friday, 7 June 2024.

Applications for the 2025 Yamagata Student Exchange are open to secondary students in Year 8 and above, who reside in Swan Hill. 

An application fee of $10 per family applies, which is non-refundable.

Students must complete an application form and ensure their teacher fills out an accompanying teacher form. 

Completed applications, along with the application fee, should be submitted via mail to:

Personal and Confidential
Yamagata Student Exchange
Swan Hill Rural City Council
45 Splatt Street Swan Hill VIC 3585

Alternatively, applications can be emailed to: council@swanhill.vic.gov.au 

For additional details and to access application forms click here

For inquiries, please contact Robyn Fry at Robynfry8@bigpond.com

 

 

 

Tagged as: