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German exchange student visit Rochester

Rochester’s Georgia Mundie and her mum Kim have hosted German exchange student Lisa Sanoska for the past three weeks in Rochester

GRAHAM WILLIS August 19, 2014 3:12am

Georgia Mundie and exchange student Lisa Sanoska.

German exchange student Lisa Sanoska, 18, has recently spent three weeks in Rochester.

Staying with Kim and Georgia Mundie as part of the Lions exchange program, Miss Sanoska is from Osterholz-Scharmbeck, a village of 30,000.

Miss Sanoska has a strong grasp of English with German students studying the language from third grade.

The chance to take part in the exchange program started with an advertisement in a local paper.

‘‘I did not want to spend a year away so this four-week exchange was just perfect,’’ she said.

The first week saw Miss Sanoska take part in a camp on the Gold Coast with 30 other exchange students.

‘‘We went surfing, hiking in the rain forests and enjoying plenty of beach activities.’’

The next three weeks in Rochester has given her the chance to see Melbourne, Echuca, Bendigo and other towns.

As for the highlights of her time here, Miss Sanoska is quick to say horse riding.

‘‘Georgia has horses on her dad’s farm and I loved riding them,’’ she said.

Miss Sanoska has noticed a few major differences when it comes to Australia.

‘‘The prices here for food, clothing and especially houses are much dearer than at home,’’ she said.

‘‘And Australians tend to speak much faster than Germans.’’

Returning home, Miss Sanoska will take a gap year, having completed secondary school last year.

‘‘ I will spend the year working in a kindergarten and in hospitality at the soccer club on weekends.’’

Miss Sanoska also intends to return to Australia as a tourist.

‘‘I loved everything about Australia and I want to thank everyone for being so friendly and making me very welcome.’’

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