Sister city time for students

18:41, Nov 01 2012
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HOKKAIDO BEAUTY: A woman works in a field of flowers on Tomita farm in Nakafurano town in Japan's northern island.

If Japan is at the top of your travel destination bucket list, Sister Cities Timaru might be able to get you there.

The Timaru District Council committee is taking applications from secondary school students to represent the district on an escorted educational and cultural exchange to Eniwa, in Hokkaido, Japan.

The visit is planned for late June 2013 and will be for three weeks. Three students will be chosen.

Applicants have to write a short essay of between 150 to 200 words on "why I would make a good representative of my district", with a current photo. They will have to have a current passport and need to live in the Timaru district.

Accommodation on the trip is free and students will be home hosted, generally by families of Eniwa students who recently visited Timaru.

Approximate airfare costs to the student are $3000, plus taxes and optional personal spending of $200 to $500.


Students shortlisted will be contacted by the sister cities committee for an interview in December. Applicants do not have to be fluent in Japanese but an "affinity with Japanese culture" would be an advantage.

Further information is available from Michelle Kelly on 688 3793, or emailing

Applications close on November 23, 2012.

The Timaru Herald