Samara Cooke will soon return home after a three-year stint in Japan, where she made many lifelong friends and made a positive impact on her students. ​

Mitchell Honbetsu Sister City Committee is looking for a dedicated teacher for kindergarten-aged kids in Mitchell Shire’s Japanese sister city Honbetsu.

Current teacher Samara Cooke will return to Mitchell Shire in March next year after three years of teaching in Japan.

Mitchell Honbetsu Sister City Association spokesman Mike Phillips said Ms Cooke had made such an impact on her students and the Honbetsu Town Council that the Honbetsu Board of Education had decided to prioritise finding a new teacher from the Mitchell Shire.

“Applications are open for single females with university or college qualifications and a current driver’s licence, with some knowledge of the Japanese language a benefit,” he said.

Successful applicants will work with students aged three to eight and housing is provided at a reasonable rate with full-time pay for a three-year contract.

For more information and to apply, people can contact Mr Phillips on 0414 810 601 or Chris Garrett on 0409 547 073, both from the Mitchell Honbetsu Sister City Committee.

Photos from Honbetsu are available on the Sister City Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MitchellHonbetsu.

Delegation

Expressions of interest are also open for the Japan Winter delegation planned for January 2023, where the delegation from Mitchell Shire would stay as guests in Honbetsu with a Japanese family.

Japanese students will also visit the Mitchell Shire from January 8 to 11 and the committee is seeking expressions of interest from residents to become a homestay family. Students will be aged 15 to 17 and will stay for three nights.

Anyone interested in either the Japan Winter delegation or being a Mitchell Shire homestay family can contact Mr Phillips or Mr Garrett.

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