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  • About the Exchange

    The annual reciprocal Student Exchange Ambassador Program with Fujieda City, Japan is the major program run by the Penrith International Friendship Committee (PIFC) and Penrith Council. This program gives young people (15-19 years old) who live or go to school in Penrith City and young people from Fujieda City the opportunity to live with an Australian or Japanese family for 3 weeks and experience a different lifestyle and culture. As members of the student delegation they also undertake the role of ambassadors for their respective cities. When the Japanese students visit Penrith, the PIFC assists with host family placements, and organises an interesting itinerary for them including excursions, days at school with host brothers/sisters, and free time with host families.

    Information Night

    Students who would like to learn more about the Student Exchange are invited to attend an information session at 7pm on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Penrith Civic Centre, 601 High Street, Penrith.

    Apply for 2018

    Applications close 4pm on Friday 20 April 2018.

    Download the Student Exchange Ambassador Application Form (pdf 50kb).

    After the close of applications, applicants and their parents will be contacted by telephone to arrange interview times. Interviews will be held between 9am-1pm on Saturday 28 April 2018 (this date is subject to change).

    For more information contact Stephanie Loobeek Wood on 4732 8258.

    Past participant comments

    A student who recently participated in the highly successful Student Exchange Ambassador Program between Penrith City and Fujieda City was asked to share their experience and how it affected their chosen career and life itself.

    "Last year I was lucky enough to participate in the Penrith City Council and Penrith International Friendship Committee Student Exchange. In this program I had the opportunity to be an ambassador for Penrith, both here and in Japan, and I had a wonderful time in the process. Hosting a student here and then staying with them in Japan was an amazing experience; meeting new people, making new friends and learning an entirely new culture. By participating in this program, I have developed into a more mature person and am more aware and appreciative of the different cultures in our world. Best of all though, I’ve made lifelong friends. I highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to learn new things and travel the world. In all honesty, I would do this all again and recommend my friends to do the same." Chloe Anshaw, 2016 Student Exchange Ambassador.

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