This term, Victor Harbor High School has welcomed 10 new students through the South Australian Government Schools Regional Study Abroad Program.
The school welcomes Brenno, Camilla, Carlo and Annamaria from Italy, Macoto from Japan, and Elena, Rebekka, Carina, Clara and Valentin from Germany. The new students will experience the Australian way of life on the south coast and undertake studies in Outdoor Education, Aquatics and Marine Studies at Victor Harbor High School (VHHS).
For more than 10 years, VHHS has enjoyed hosting students from all over the world, including Germany, Italy, Austria, Japan, USA, Thailand and Brazil.
International students coming to Victor Harbor practice their English, make new life-long friends, and experience the Australian way of life. Students enjoy Australia’s large open spaces, nature and wildlife and love experiencing everything that life in a close coastal community has to offer.
Students at VHHS also have a unique opportunity to take Marine Studies as a subject. This term students will be learning about the Southern Right Whales, plus they’ll be tracking local dolphins and counting seals on the islands in Encounter Bay.
Elena said the people on the south coast are so friendly.
“I have difficulty understanding the language sometimes, but it is a beautiful place,” Elena said.
Annamaria said the biggest shock was that everything is on the opposite side.
“I get into a car from the wrong side. However, I am playing hockey and enjoy being part of a team and meeting new people,” Annamaria said.
Macoto is from Japan and already likes AFL. “I have an interest in football and enjoy the very relaxed lifestyle in Australia,” Macoto said.
Valentin said going to school in Australia seems easier.
“I like it very much, but I do want summer to come so I can go surfing, body boarding and hit the beach. I sometimes get words and the vocabulary mixed up in translation, as words can mean two things. In Maths the term deviation means something else,” Valentin said.
The school’s international students are hosted by local families, and the school would like to hear from more families who are willing to host a student and invite them into their homes and way of life.
As well as providing room and board for the students, homestay families introduce students to the Australian life and customs.
In exchange, hosts learn about another country and culture. If interested to host an international student, phone Victor Harbor High School on 8551 1900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org