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Stu­dent Travel Ser­vices is look­ing for host fam­i­lies for three in­ter­na­tional stu­dents who will be ar­riv­ing in Palmer­ston North in July.

Fer­di­nand from Gleis­dorf in Austria has a big in­ter­est in sport and cur­rently en­joys gym­nas­tics, in­line skat­ing and hand­ball. He is ex­cited to try new sports in New Zealand and look­ing for­ward to ski­ing this win­ter.

Anna from Mi­lano in Italy chose New Zealand for an ex­change be­cause she loves the thought of the wild­ness.

Anna is in­ter­ested in liv­ing in a ru­ral area as it is so dif­fer­ent to what she is used to. She loves horse-rid­ing and would like to be able to do that in New Zealand if pos­si­ble. She is cur­rently prac­tis­ing dres­sage once a week and help­ing in the sta­bles.

Al­got from Swe­den en­joys the out­doors. He en­joys hik­ing and moun­tain climb­ing and driv­ing boats in the sum­mer and has just started learn­ing how to wind­surf. In the win­ter he en­joys down­hill and cross­coun­try ski­ing. Tech­nol­ogy is his pas­sion and re­cently built a 3D printer which he uses to print mod­els he’s de­signed on a com­puter soft­ware. Pho­tog­ra­phy is his other in­ter­est.

Stu­dent Travel Ser­vices (STS) ar­ranges in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion and cul­tural ex­changes for young peo­ple all around the world, which of­fers ex­pe­ri­enced-based learn­ing that con­trib­utes to per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

Manawatu¯/Horowhenua STS area rep Tina Rush says these ex­pe­ri­ences help young peo­ple reach their full po­ten­tial while hav­ing the time of their lives.

“Many peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence a new coun­try by trav­el­ling, oth­ers choose to be host par­ents or host sib­lings to an ex­change stu­dent.

“An ex­change year is an ad­ven­ture that in­flu­ences your out­look on daily life and pos­si­bly the world at large.

“Tak­ing that step, shar­ing your fam­ily life and get­ting to know a fam­ily in another coun­try all in one go, that is cer­tainly a way of ex­pand­ing your hori­zon.”

Tina said the stu­dents are ex­cited to learn about New Zealand and the Kiwi cul­ture while shar­ing their cul­ture and coun­try with their host fam­i­lies..

Host­ing an ex­change stu­dent in­volves pro­vid­ing a bed and quiet place to study, three meals a day and most im­por­tantly a warm fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment where they can feel a part of your fam­ily. If you can host a stu­dent con­tact Tina Rush: tina.rush@gmail.com, 027 484 3149 www.stshigh­school.com/en-nz/

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IN­TER­NA­TIONAL stu­dent Anne Svend­sen (sec­ond left) with her host fam­ily.

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