Japanese tertiary students studying English in Porirua have undertaken voluntary work as part of a new scheme. The students, who have already returned to Japan, were the first in an experimental arrangement between Whitireia Polytechnic and Oberin University in Japan. Five of them lived with local families, studied English at Whitireia and participated in volunteer work to develop their language skills and to give back to the local community. Voluntary positions were secured at Mary Potter Hospice, St Vincent de Paul, Opportunity for Animals, The Police Museum and Keep Porirua Beautiful. Whitireia international operations manager Kiri Bishop said the students enjoyed a variety of work and meeting new people through these organisations.