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Written by Yolanda Sonya A. Kalalinggi & Kuraudeiadeuiai Ridzal Syah   
Thursday, 23 April 2015 12:25

It was an exciting day! On the 1st March 2015, we gathered at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. We were ready to join this year’s Student Exchange programme. There were twenty of us, Grade 10 students who were going to stay in Adelaide and Kangaroo Island until the 13th March 2015.

The Student exchange is a regular programme held by Sekolah Pilar Indonesia, with Le Fevre High School and Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE). We were so lucky to receive a very warm welcome from the families of students at Le Fevre High School and KICE. Pak Rob Shepherd from Le Fevre High School, Pak Ian Kent from KICE, all teachers, students and parents from both schools were very nice and welcoming.

During our stay, we participated in a lot of exciting activities. We followed the lessons, competed in sports, had barbeques, taught Indonesian language and performed a play in front of the students and teachers. We tried our best, practised our speaking and listening skills, developed our independence and tried to be risk-takers. We met a lot of new friends along the way. We also visited interesting places, such as Little Sahara to sandboard and Cleland Wildlife Park, where we saw Australia’s iconic animals.

From our experiences, we learnt a lot about appreciation. We experienced how our friends from Australia were really excited to learn more about Indonesia, how they were curious about the language, the culture and the way people live in our country. Having this real-life experience has helped us develop respect and understanding towards other people. Despite the differences we have, we are very similar too. It is definitely an experience we will never forget. Thank you Sekolah Pilar Indonesia, thank you Le Fevre High School and Kangaroo Island Community Education!

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