US uni students help out Lennox
PIPER BANCROFT, of Milwaukee in Wisconsin, is one of 29 US students who arrived in Lennox Head last week.
The Ball State University students have come to volunteer their time to the community as part of their studies.
They were welcomed with an Aussie barbecue at Lake Ainsworth on Saturday, hosted by the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce.
Ball State is in land- locked Muncie, Indiana, and many students have not seen the ocean before, let alone been overseas.
“I like it here. Actually, I love it here, it's so laid-back. I love the beach. I could stay there all day,” said Piper, an 18-year-old bachelor of biology and pre-med student.
“I came out to Australia as part of my studies because I wanted to experience another culture. I've never been out of the USA before.
“Everyone has been so great. The Lennox Head community is really friendly.”
A variety of community groups and businesses lined up to request the students' services, including Ballina Coast Care, Australian Sea Bird Rescue and Vital Beauty.
“I want to volunteer for Australian Seabird Rescue,” Piper said.