Discover why Australia is much more than kangaroos and the iconic Opera House. Australia’s indigenous population has a profound impact on culture and visual art. The interior of the country is very dry and arid so most people live in the narrow, fertile coastal plains and on the southeastern coast. Outdoor life rules: swimming at stunning beaches, playing cricket or having a barbecues in the park.

Australian teen life also includes sports, hiking, camping, and yes, going to the beach. Many young people also work part time after school and on weekends to earn spending money. Youth clubs are popular: Scouts, religious groups, athletic teams, and volunteer activities.

People and community

You can live anywhere in Australia: major cities, rural farms, and somewhere in between. Everyone shares in the housework. Families usually get together for dinner and it’s pretty common to get take-out for a quick meal. Although Australians tend to be informal and laid back, “please“ and “thank you” are used abundantly.

School

You will attend either a private or public school. Education is taken seriously in Australia and its schools are rated highly on an international level. The school day runs from 8:45 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. You’ll likely choose your electives but some classes are required, such as English and physical education. School uniforms are required.

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Language

On the car heading to the airport I realise how lucky I am to have known people who are so hard to say goodbye to. Goodbye to the most wonderful experience of my life so far. Goodbye to the most awesome family I could have ever asked for. Goodbye to the most incredible friendships I’ve conquered. Goodbye to Millie, Lelo and Saffy, the pets. Goodbye to great teachers, a fun school, and a beautiful neighbourhood. Goodbye to the places I’ve wandered. Goodbye to all my AFS friends (even though most left before me). Goodbye to the crazy nights, the picturesque sunrises and the wildest campings. Goodbye to the huge waves, the cliffs, the rivers, lakes, waterfalls and the most jaw-dropping coastline. Goodbye to all the street art, the asian food and the thousands of sausage rolls and Tim-Tams. Goodbye to all the laughter and also the crying. Goodbye to a life with adventure. Goodbye to being an exchange student. It’s many goodbyes for now, but twice as much hellos for the future. Brasil waits for me, 👋🏽! – No carro indo para o aeroporto eu percebo o quão sortudo sou de ter conhecido pessoas que são tão difíceis de se despedir. Adeus a experiência mais maravilhosa da minha vida até agora. Adeus a família mais legal que eu poderia pedir. Adeus as amizades mais incríveis que conquistei. Adeus a Millie, Lelo, e Saffy, os animais de estimação. Adeus a ótimos professores, uma escola divertida e um bairro lindo. Adeus a todos os lugares por quais passeei. Adeus a todos os meus amigos da AFS (apesar de que muitos já foram para casa antes de mim). Adeus as noites loucas, aos nasceres do Sol mais pitorescos, e os acampamentos mais selvagens. Adeus as ondas enormes, os penhascos, as cachoeiras, aos rios e lagos e a uma costa de cair o queixo. Adeus a arte de rua, a comida asiática, aos milhares de Sausage Rolls e Tim-Tams. Adeus a todas as risadas e também as lágrimas. Adeus a uma vida com aventura. São vários adeus agora, mas serão o dobro de olás no futuro. O Brasil me espera, 👋🏽! #myafs #afseffect

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English, in its Aussie variant, is the official language of Australia. Chinese, Italian and Greek are the most commonly spoken second languages. Having a basic knowledge of English will be helpful. You will participate in language lessons provided by AFS, and local volunteers may help arrange independent language study for you during the first months.

Food

The Australian cuisine has its roots in the English cuisine of the early settlers.Especially the dishes of the Southeast Asian neighbors, as well as the Greeks, Italians and Lebanese influenced Australian cuisine. Nowadays, seafood and fish are an important part of the food; in the case of family activities, the barbecue is very popular.
Nowadays, the plants and the methods of preparation of the traditional Aboriginal cuisine are re-discovered. In gourmet restaurants and hotels, dishes, spices and sauces can be found on menus based on Aboriginal traditions.

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