Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association

Sister Cities with the City of Anjo, Japan 安城市 – Since 1988

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2018 Japanese Writing Competition for Hobsons Bay Secondary Students

Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association (HBIFA) invites Hobsons Bay secondary school students from years 9 to year 12 to enter a Japanese writing competition, with a prize pool of $1,000. The HBIFA began 30 years ago between the former City of Altona (now Hobsons Bay City Council) and our Sister City, Anjo in Japan. This writing competition was established to  …Continue reading →

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2016 HBIFA Sister City Delegation to Anjo, Japan

In July/ August this year in the hot summer of Japan four students and a chaperone had an amazing cultural experience in our sister city Anjo on the annual exchange program with host families. Jai Sullivan, Cameron Gauci, Wil Tattersall, Will Penfold and Chaperone Kaylene Stiles all live in Hobsons Bay and were chosen to represent our city. After our …Continue reading →

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Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association Announces Winner

At the Mayoral Reception for the student delegation from Hobsons Bay’s Sister City, Anjo Japan, Asami Weaver received first prize for her essay written in Japanese.  The Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association invited secondary students from year 9 to 12 to enter the Jimmy Kaye Japanese Language Scholarship, the topic of which was “Why I am Proud to Live in …Continue reading →

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2016 Student Delegation

Congratulations to Sam Penfold, Jai Sullivan, Wil Tattersall, Kaylene Stiles  and Cameron Gauci who were selected to represent Hobsons Bay as part of the student delegation for 2016!

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Apply Now for Exchange in 2016!

Applications are now available for exchange in 2016! To learn more about the exchange program and download the 2016 application forms, click on the ‘Exchange‘ menu above and navigate through to ‘2016 Exchange‘. Don’t miss this opportunity for a life changing experience!

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Hobsons Bay Student Delegation 2015

Over the past 20 years one hundred students from Hobsons Bay have participated in the student exchange program which is part of the Sister City relationship Hobsons Bay has with the City of  Anjo, Japan. Over this time friendships and goodwill have promoted a deeper understanding between the nations of Australia and Japan. This July, local students,  Elisa Coffey, Sarah …Continue reading →

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2014 Exchange Application Forms Available!

Apply now to immerse yourself in the HBIFA and head away on Exchange! 2014 Application Forms Available Here! Don’t miss out!  

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Altona Bay Festival!

What a beautiful day for the ALTONA BAY FESTIVAL 2013. Parade kicks off at 5:30PM, come along and support our delegation! #FUNINTHESUN — HBIFA (@HBIFA) March 22, 2013

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