Stu­dent’s love af­fair with Pil­bara ends

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A Ger­man ex­change stu­dent who has spent the past year in Kar­ratha left town last week, tak­ing with her a new-found love of Pil­bara heat and a long-term sup­ply of Tim Tams.

High school stu­dent Lara Kasper, 17, last year trav­elled from her small hometown of Massen to Kar­ratha to spend 10 months as part of the South­ern Cross Cul­tural Ex­change pro­gram.

She stayed with the Rid­dell fam­ily in Bayn­ton and at­tended St Luke’s Col­lege be­fore leav­ing on Satur­day.

Few for­eign stu­dents come to re­gional lo­ca­tions such as the Pil­bara through the SCCE ex­change pro­gram, but Lara said she was glad be­cause it had given her a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to that of her peers.

“Kar­ratha made it re­ally unique be­cause I don’t think there’s a lot of other places like Kar­ratha,” she said. “I thought that the other day when I did a rock art tour. The guy said Kar­ratha is like the out­back, just near the beach.

“I thought that was a re­ally good de­scrip­tion of what it ac­tu­ally is... And it’s so cool to ex­pe­ri­ence that and I don’t think that’s re­ally any­where else.” Lara said she chose to come to Aus­tralia to im­prove her English and see na­tive flora and fauna, but had dis­cov­ered plenty more about Aus­tralian cul­ture in her time here.

That in­cluded try­ing clas­sic Aussie food such as as sausage rolls and Tim Tams, mak­ing the most of the out­doors life­style and mas­ter­ing lo­cal slang.

Lara said she was lucky to have trav­elled to many parts of Aus­tralia, es­pe­cially around WA, in her time here and to have fit­ted into her host fam­ily and school so well that Kar­ratha now felt like a “sec­ond home”.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Ger­man ex­change stu­dent Lara Kasper, 17, cen­tre, pic­tured with host mother Eleanor Rid­dell and host sis­ter Brooke Rid­dell, 15, has trav­elled all over Aus­tralia dur­ing her 10-month stay in Kar­ratha.

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