Japan experience awaits students

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Two Pilbara students will soon have the opportunity of a lifetime with offerings of a fully paid scholarship in a Japanese student exchange program.

Not-for-profit organisation AFS Australia is offering a scholarship for a student at each of Hedland Senior High School and Newman Senior High School to travel to Japan as part of its intercultural program. AFS Australia education manager Frances Baxter said the fully funded scholarships were made possible thanks to Mitsui Iron Ore.

“Mitsui Iron Ore really chose to offer the opportunity to Pilbara students as they can often miss out on these kinds of opportunities due to the remoteness of the area,” Ms Baxter said.

“The students will live with a Japanese host family, attend school and generally just have a wonderful experience.”

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The program is eligible for students aged between 15 and 18 who are capable of adjusting to new experiences and environments and are willing to provide program updates and photographs to AFS Australia and Mitsui Iron Ore.

Successful applicants will travel to Japan on a full scholarship, worth more than $7000, where they will learn from their Japanese peers and host family and see the country.

“We’re looking for a student willing to get up and go and can see themselves living a new culture and taking advantage of an amazing opportunity,” Ms Baxter said.

“The students are placed with volunteer host families in communities throughout Japan and will attend language tuition in a private language institution or high school.

“The program can be a life-changing and eye-opening experience and will not only open up students to a new culture but will create lifelong connections, memories and friendships.”

Applications close on July 31 and can be found by visiting the website at afs.org.au and following the links or by phoning 1300 131 736.

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