What Our Travellers Have To Say
Firstly, to our Italian ‘host’ Fausto Ferazzoli. Your warmth and hospitality has made our time in Italy truly memorable. Your care and organisation, particulary with the ‘homestays’ ensured an unforgettable experience for our language students. You have treated us like family. Mille grazie per tutti!
To Laura Kostouros and the Exchange Me team, sincere thanks for all your hard work and attention to detail in putting our trip together. Your choice of accommodation for our group was suberb. Your flexible approach and patience with our countless requests and questions was very much appreciated. You ensured that our trip was an experience of a lifetime.
Anthony Burke, Teacher at Marcellin College Randwick
Our trip took student learning beyond the classroom, linguistically, culturally and spiritually, We were able to see first hand experience of the many characteristics of Italian society. Such as, school life, the importance of the piazza, how religion and culture are intrinsic, how everything revolves around food, the coffee culture, and visits to many historic and religious sacred shrines and tourist attractions. Special thanks to Laura from Exchange Me and our tour manager Fausto for their expert organization and advice.
Michael Timpano, Language Coordinator at St Joseph’s Albion Park
The European trip was a whole new experience for me. Everything we did was interesting and breathtaking. The whole journey was a whole new experience and I would highly recommend for anyone. Throughout the trip we visited numerous churches and basilicas, each one different and unique. St Peters was an amazing experience. The Sistine Chappell was incredible. Touring through the catacombs was eye-opening. The colosseum was amazing. We got a train to Pompeii and stayed there for one night. In Pompeii we walked around the streets that had once been covered in volcanic ash. These streets were so different to what we would see at home. Each night we went to a different restaurant with the teachers which was one of the highlights of the trip.
Luke, History Student at Marcellin College Randwick
In November last year, I was given the great privilege to travel to Rome, Italy to participate in a six week long exchange program. I had dreamt of being apart of program like this and being able to live with an authentic Italian family and have the chance to totally immerse myself in the culture. Not only did this program give me the opportunity to extend my language skills but also to learn about my Italian heritage and develop international relationships. This cultural and lingual experience has left me with memories that I will forever treasure and relish upon and a sister who will always be in my heart no matter how distant we may be.
I owe this all to Laura and Fausto from Exchange Me, as without their hard work my dream would not have been made a reality. Can’t wait to return! Emma, Student at PLC Croydon
The Christmas period was one of the highlights because I got to see a different side to the society. The reception I got from the grandparents and all the extended family was incredible. I learned more about what family is in the Italian culture; from the feasts over Christmas to the conversations with my host parents which made me feel safe and at home.
Victor, Newington College Stanmore (Exchange Student in 2015)
My stay in the host family was life changing. It was nice to experience the culture and taste the Italian food. One of the memorable experiences was the cow intestines which I ate. My host family told me what it was after I ate it! During this week I made life-long friendships. Alex Georges, Marcellin College Randwick
I enjoyed experiencing the differences in their culture. I enjoyed meeting lots of new people and the best part was exploring Rome at night and seeing the unbelievable sights. Marc Pizzinato, Marcellin College Randwick
I had a great time with my host family. My favourite part was going to school and meeting the other kids there.
Alex Drury, Marcellin College Randwick
My Italian homestay experience was quite unique and unforgettable; it was something special that I’ve never done before and certainly hope to do again. It was amazing to experience first-hand what it was like to live in Italy as part of a family that was so welcoming, because it was so diverse and different to what I’m used to in Sydney. We visited many beautiful places in Rome, including the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and so many more iconic and historic locations. Staying with my host family included going to school with the host student, discovering the local area and taking part in the true Italian culture. The immersion experience was truly a memorable and once in a lifetime opportunity, and I can’t wait to do it again!
Mark Simonini, Marcellin College Randwick