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Lismore students wanted for Japanese exchange

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: Sister City Student Exchange participants from Lismore having fun with students at a high school in Lismore's sister city, Yamato Takada. (supplied)
: Sister City Student Exchange participants from Lismore having fun with students at a high school in Lismore’s sister city, Yamato Takada. (supplied)

Lismore City Council is calling for students, host families and chaperones to be part of the 2016 Sister City Student Exchange Program.

Lismore and Yamato Takada in Japan have enjoyed a sister city relationship for 53 years. This includes the Sister City Student Exchange Program, which enables school students to learn from one another’s culture.

The council is now calling for nominations from secondary students to participate in the exchange program during the September school holidays.

: Sister City Student Exchange Program Coordinator Michella Wade with students who visited Lismore last year. (supplied)
: Sister City Student Exchange Program Coordinator Michella Wade with students who visited Lismore last year. (supplied)

The council is also seeking nominations from interested people to chaperone the Lismore students to Japan and from people who can host students coming to Lismore from Yamato Takada in late July.

‘Becoming an exchange student, a chaperone or a host family will definitely change your life,’ Sister City Advisory Group Chairperson Neil Marks said.

‘We have had many students come to Lismore from Japan and their willingness to learn and graciousness is a joy. Going to Japan is an amazing experience for anyone, particularly to a city that holds Lismore in such high regard.

‘Japan has a rich culture, fascinating history and food, and a very deep and lasting connection with our city.

‘This experience would be a learning and growing experience for any student, chaperone or host family that wishes to take part.”

Interested people need to complete the appropriate application form, which can be found at www.lismore.nsw.gov.au. The closing date for nominations is 14 June.

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

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