Students from Pietro Scalcerle School, Padova, Italy, enjoy a beautiful day at Shark Bay.
Students from Pietro Scalcerle School, Padova, Italy, enjoy a beautiful day at Shark Bay. Samantha Elley

Italian kids with Oz delights

THEY'VE tried Vegemite, beetroot on hamburgers and they've seen a dolphin swimming in the Evans River while barbecuing at Shark Bay.

Students from Pietro Scalcerle School in Padova, Italy, have been experiencing many of the local delights in Evans Head while spending the past two weeks on exchange at Evans River K-12 School.

The jury is still out on whether the students will be taking any Vegemite home, but the young Italians have been excited visiting our beaches and seeing native animals.

"I would very much like to see sharks and snakes," Camilla Rizzato said.

"I am very scared of them but I want to see them."

Valentina Coppola loves Australian beaches.

"We will be going to try surfing and have some surf lessons," she said.

English teacher Anna Ferrara, who has accompanied the students to Australia, said it has taken three years to organise the trip.

"Eleven of our students have come here to Evans Head while another 12 went to Mullumbimby," she said.

"(The trip) will improve their English although they are used to going abroad to speak English."

The students have been staying with families of Evans River students.

"The students have only had to pay for their flights to get here," Ms Ferrara said.

"The host families provide meals and accommodation and then the same will happen for the Australian students when they go to Italy."

Evans River K-12 principal Rob Walker said local students would get the chance to have an Italian experience next year.

"In April next year there will be 12 students going over to Italy," Mr Walker said.



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