Home away from home for exchange students

Home away from home for exchange students

CBC Fremantle this week farewelled three Italian exchange students who have spent the last two months immersed in Australian culture and living with families from the College.

The boys enjoyed the delights of Freo and surrounds, including seeing quokkas at Rottnest, swimming with sharks and exploring some of Western Australia's beautiful south-west.

For Gioele Re, the exchange was as much about people as it was about language.

"I found a family like my real family in Italy, I found two new parents and two new brothers. It was beautiful for me," he said.

Gioele said the journey back home won't be an easy one.

"I'll miss all of this, my family, my friends, I'll miss CBC, and I will be grateful forever for all the people I met on this experience," he said.

He also said the most surprising part of Australia was how much boys think about their future.

"In Italy, I don't think about my future, just my present. I'm studying at school, but I don't know what I'll do in my future, and what I will be, so it's very different here," he said.

Reflecting on his time in Australia, Emiliano Musso felt the exchange did more than improve his language skills.

"I think this programme is very useful, and I feel different as a result," he said.

"Obviously, I improved my language, but not only that; I feel different as a person. I feel more mature, and these two months have changed me."

Lorenzo Nardecloto said the exchange programme gave him a chance to experience a new culture, and make new, lifelong friends.

"My favourite part would probably be all the things I've done so far, like snorkelling with sharks, flying in a real plane, the kinds of things I haven't had the chance to do in Italy," he said.

"The thing that surprised me most was the hospitality of all the people. I've met a lot of people, and they're all fantastic, they're always available for everything, they took me everywhere, and they taught me everything.

"I made lots of friends at CBC, and they've all been amazing. They're my closest friends, and I'm hoping to come back during the summer holidays to see them again."

Samuel McPhail (Year 11), whose family hosted Gioele, said the programme is something that will stay with him forever.

"For me, the most valuable part was meeting new people, and making new bonds. When people come into your life and are there with you, for even a few months, they become a real part of your family," he said.