Thursday, 19th August, 2010
Willyama and Broken Hill High have recently accepted three new exchange students, whilst one local student will be jetting off to France.
Willyama's Jacka Hicks recently won a 'Go France' scholarship which will send the 16-year-old to France for 12 months.
"It'll be a great experience," Jacka said.
"(I'll miss my) friends, but it'll be worth it."
Hugh Davies and Danielle Roberts from Willyama have since returned from France and the Netherlands, and both speak very highly of the experience.
"I had a good time, I loved my host family," Hugh said.
"(It was so) exciting, I loved it," Danielle said.
When Danielle was in the Netherlands, she learned to speak fluent Dutch.
Broken Hill High has also taken on a young French student, Laura Callens, who says she is enjoying living in Broken Hill.
"The people are very friendly," she said.
Two Willyama High students, Lena Wnzel from Germany, and Andrea Carmen from Spain arrived in the city recently.
"I like it because it's in the outback and it's so different from where I come from," Lena said.
Local hosting team leader Karen Kemp said the program enables local and international students to interact with people from a different culture.
"The international kids get to experience a new culture," Ms Kemp said.
"These girls' English is poor, so they can learn to speak English to further their career opportunities.
"Here these kids are special."
The exchange students will be taken 115km from the city on to Tirlta Station in April next year to witness first-hand how the station works.
Ms Kemp said an 18-year-old German student will be making his way to the city in two weeks and will be involved in Landcare and also help her promote exchange programs in the city.
Any families interested in hosting the student can contact Ms Kemp on 8088 2462.