Applications now open for Sister City exchange in Japan



16 March 2016

Applications are being invited from Queanbeyan students and residents interested in participating in this year’s Sister City exchange, which will visit Minami Alps, in Japan on 25 September and return 3 October.Applications are open to students aged between 14 and 15, with two to three chaperones required.

To be eligible to travel as a chaperone applicants must undertake a working with children check. Exchange participants will have to pay for their own airfares and take spending money. Currently return air fares to Tokyo are between $1600 and $2000 and spending money would be minimal. Cost will depend on when tickets are booked.

Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall said he was delighted Queanbeyan was able to play host to its Sister City last year and said he was sure this year’s visit would be as successful.“The exchange will provide students and chaperones with an excellent opportunity to travel and experience a different culture.

The Japanese hosts will provide accommodation with families and a guided itinerary will be developed for each day,” he said.Interested students and chaperones are encouraged to obtain a copy of the background material and submit an application form by Friday 27 May 2016.

Forms are available from Karabar High School, Queanbeyan High School and the Queanbeyan City Council Customer Service Centre at 256 Crawford Street or from www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/SisterCityExchange Anyone requiring further information about the student exchange is encouraged to contact Helen Hone on 6285 6167 or helen.hone@qcc.nsw.gov.au.