Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association

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

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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 Haslam, Mason Stiles and Sarah Thomas, hosted the Anjo student delegation, while Chaperone,  Ana Weaver hosted the Japanese chaperone.  The Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association organized tours around our city, schools, visits to the Aboriginal Centre, Puffing Billy, Ballarat Wildlife Park and Phillip Island .  The student’s families took their Japanese guests to other places of interest during the few free days available.

Our guests;

Students, Kenta, Daiki, Nanami, Himeka and Chaperone  Eriko where honoured at a reception at the Hobsons Bay Civic Centre where they all gave a speech and a special performance.

Elisa, Sarah, Sarah, Mason, along with Chaperone Ana, will be leaving soon to live with host families in Anjo and treated to a very extensive and culturally interesting program of events.

It is not a requirement to be able to speak or be studying Japanese to be involved in the program. Expressions of Interest to be part of the 2016 Student  Delegation program can be sent to :-

The Secretary of the Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association.
Chris Malady     hbifa_secretary@outlook.com  by 30 September 2015

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