Jager gifted ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time dur­ing year-long stay

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

AUSSIE PRIDE: He­lene Jager is com­ing to the end of her Aus­tralian jour­ney.

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