Jager gifted experience of a lifetime during year-long stay
NOT everyone’s dream destination when they come to Australia is Stanthorpe – and for Rotary exchange student Helene Jager, this was the case.
But nearly nine months into her stay, she’s relieved she found her way here from hometown Bregenz in Austria.
“At first I was a little disappointed cos I wanted to go to the coast of course.
“But I really like it now... wouldn’t change it.
“The people are really nice here,” Ms Jager said.
After arriving in August, soon to depart in July, Helene was given the full Stanthorpe State High School experience while doing portions of Year 11 and 12.
“Very different to my school in Austria because there I have graduated from school.
“I’ve turned 18 here and when I go back I’ll go to university (where she hopes to study medicine),” she said.
While in the country, she’s not missed out.
“I’ve been travelling a lot. The Rotarians have taken me on a number of trips. Evans Head... the Harslett’s took me to New Zealand. I got back last week from a big trip around Australia with other exchange students.
“You go to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide... even went to Uluru, Alice Springs and Cairns.”
On her stay she’s been hosted by Stephen Tancred and Peta Sheehan, the Harsletts at Amiens and Williams in Glen Aplin. She’s attended Rotary meetings, barbecues and community events.
She’ll be sad to leave, but has learnt plenty of life lessons to take with her.
“I’d really recommend it. Even if you don’t want to do it young when you’re in school, you can always do it later,” she said.
AUSSIE PRIDE: Helene Jager is coming to the end of her Australian journey.