New Zealand exchange on offer

SOUTH-WEST students are encouraged to apply for Rotary Australia’s exchange program.

Toby McCarney, of Colac, and Tom Ensor, of Wellington, have been on a reciprocal exchange program through Rotary Australia and applications for next year are now open.    140717LP43 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Toby McCarney, of Colac, and Tom Ensor, of Wellington, have been on a reciprocal exchange program through Rotary Australia and applications for next year are now open. 140717LP43 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Rotary Australia New Zealand Student Exchange (RANZE) offers teens the opportunity to spend three months in New Zealand next year.

District youth committee member Steve Giddens said it was a worthy program. 

“It’s a great way see another culture,” he said.

“We are looking for more people to participate. Three months is great, it’s not too long and there is no language barrier.”

The exchange runs between families in Australia and New Zealand.

A student in one country is matched with a student from the other country and each student spends one school term living in the other’s home and attending their school. 

Australian students will fly to New Zealand and attend school with their matched student during term two of 2015. 

Both students will return to Australia and attend the Australian student’s school during term three. 

It is designed for students aged between 13-and-a-half to 16.

Applicants and their parents will be interviewed by members of the sponsoring Rotary clubs and suitable students are recommended to the district selection committees.  Expressions of interest close on August 1.

For more information and how to apply visit ranze.org.au or call Steve Giddens 0438 008 769.

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