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"One of the best parts of the exchange was living with a host family. We didn't experience the culture from a tourist's point of view but immersed ourselves in it. We were living and eating with the locals," she said.
The 17 year old experienced the modern and traditional aspects of the culture during the trip. The group visited shrines, temples, went grape picking and enjoyed a traditional Japanese barbecue restaurant as well as shopping centres, photo booths and ten pin bowling.
student clearly fell in love with the country as she plans to spend six months of her gap year in Japan during 2014.
"You gain an insight into different cultural perspectives and it changes your own perspective as well."
Applications must be submitted before Friday, May 30.
Participants will stay with host families which the teenager said was one of highlights of the visit.
knowledge of Japanese is not essential to be part of the exchange.
Bywong teenager Samantha Battaglene had a wonderful experience when she went she took part in the Sister City Exchange two years ago.
The Exchange will take place from September 24 to October 2, 2014 and applications are open to Queanbeyan students between 14 and 17 years old. A delegation of 10 12 students is sought.
"I absolutely loved it, especially because I had some background knowledge of the language. It's a great opportunity to practice your language skills and get immersed in a culture you had only read about in textbooks," she said.
I had isn't anything which you can pay for. It was very unique," she said.
Exchange participants pay for their own airfares and spending money. Currently return air fares to Tokyo are between $1500 and $2000 and spending money would be minimal. Cost will depend Tote Bag Louis Vuitton on when tickets are booked.
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Samantha Battaglene said the Minami Alps Sister City Exchange was an incredible experience you couldn't put a price on. Photo: supplied.
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Additionally, two to three chaperones are required to take part in the exchange.
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"The Japanese people are lovely, so nice and very kind. They really wanted to practice their English with us. They were always generous and asking questions."
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