Short-term exchange opportunity for Upper Hunter students

LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS: Tristan Cherrill, Paddy McTaggart, May Hodgkinson, Samantha Bell, Hamish Hawthorne and Fin McTaggart who are part of the RANZSE program.
LIFE-LONG FRIENDSHIPS: Tristan Cherrill, Paddy McTaggart, May Hodgkinson, Samantha Bell, Hamish Hawthorne and Fin McTaggart who are part of the RANZSE program.

STUDENTS wishing to expand their understanding of our place in the world are encouraged to apply for the short-term Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZSE) program.

The initiative offers pupils the opportunity to experience exchange in New Zealand for a period of three months, where they are encouraged to explore and engage with the cultural and social aspects of New Zealand life.

Gillian Weatherall, of the RANZSE committee, said the exchange allows for students to build goodwill and understanding between Australia and New Zealand.

“Pupils often come away from the exchange with a greater appreciation of the different cultures that exist in the world,” she said.

“Their participation contributes to the ongoing relationship between our two countries.”

The exchange is a two-way exchange where students are matched with a pupil from New Zealand. 

The matched pair first spend three months living in New Zealand with the New Zealand student’s family.

They then travel together to Australia to spend three months living with the Australian student’s family.

Pupils between the ages of 13-and-a-half and 16 years from the Upper Hunter are encouraged to apply.

“Young people from the Upper Hunter experience an amazing lifestyle,” Mrs Weatherall said.

“This exchange will offer them the opportunity to broaden their horizons by meeting new people and exploring different cultures.”

Rotary clubs from across the Upper Hunter area will be allocated as a sponsor and provide funding for student accessories such as uniform items including a shirt, jumper and jacket as well as a backpack.  

Applications close at the end of August and the exchange will begin in April 2018.

For more information and to apply, contact Gillian Weatherall by phoning 0408 016 303 or emailing RANZSE@rotary9670.org.au