Students embrace Oz experience

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Alice Bulgheroni, Stefany Caroca Arias and Alessandra Capitanio have loved their time in Australia so far and cannot wait to see more of the South West.
Camera IconAlice Bulgheroni, Stefany Caroca Arias and Alessandra Capitanio have loved their time in Australia so far and cannot wait to see more of the South West. Credit: Callum Hunter

Three Italian exchange students will call the South West home and study at Bunbury Catholic College’s Marist campus for the next eight weeks.

Year 12 students Alice Bulgheroni, Alessandra Capitanio and Stefany Caroca Arias all hail from the Istituto Salesiano S. Ambrogio Opera Don Bosco in Milan and have spent the past week adjusting to the Australian way of life.

“Our stay here has been amazing,” Alice said.

“Everybody has been very friendly and very welcoming and the culture is so different from ours.”

This is the fourth year that BCC has taken part in an exchange program with Italian schools, a program that brings students to Australia during the Italian summer holidays and then takes Australian students to Italy during our summer holidays.

The program was originally made possible by the Western Australian Association of Teachers of Italian with the aim of immersing students in different cultures.

“We decided to embrace the experience and learn a different language, English is very important in Italy,” Stefany said.

The girls said they planned to make the most of their time both in and outside of school with hiking through a national park at the top of Alessandra’s to-do list.

“Australia is very different from Italy,” she said.

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