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.
Applications are now closed for 2017.
For more information contact Stephanie Loobeek Wood on
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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