As soon as I started living in Australia for 5 months and it has been the best time of my life!
I am so grateful for the personal and educational growth this experience has given me. This experience has challenged me to try new things, become more independent and appreciate life for all it has to offer!
I have met a number of people I never would have met in my whole life. I have created amazing friendships with the friends I met here, in Australia. They are amazing and include me in everything they do.
Before my departure to Australia, I was so nervous that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations but it has exceeded my expectations. I fit in so well with my host family and I made friends so easily. It was such an easy transition! I fell in love with the “Aussie life-style” from my first couple of weeks here.
My host family is truly amazing! They have made me feel like I am actually part of their family and not just a stranger living in their home for 5 months. They have shown me around Sydney, taken me up the coast to Nelson Bay and out west to the Blue Mountains. I have bonded very well with my host siblings and I consider them my own siblings. We do so much together and we are very invested in each other’s lives. I go to some of my host brothers’ soccer games and they come to mine or I go to my host sister’s singing concerts and show my support for them. I even consider myself very close with my host mom and dad. They are always there if I need someone to talk to and are always there to give me support and encouragement.
Going to the local high school was really great! It is only a 10 minute walk from my house and the staff and students are very nice and welcoming to the International Students. School had many international students and has a very organized and successful International Student Program. They are very accommodating to different learning strengths and the language barriers some of the International Student have.
Living in the Frenchs Forest, NSW has been amazing!
You are in a suburban family neighbourhood but only a bus trip away from the beach, shopping, and restaurants. It is very easy to get around by yourself to do things with friends.
During my time studying abroad, I have made amazing friendships with so many people, friendships that will last for the rest of my life. The memories I have made here will stay with me forever and I would never change my choice on doing this exchange.
It has been such a lovely experience to feel so at home in a country that is half way around the world from my family, friends and my home.
Thanks CEA for making my experience so easy and amazing! Victoria……