August 2017

CIFA is now taking ‘Expressions of Interest’ for the 2018 Japan tour program (September 2018).

The program is open to students who live in & attend school in the Camden Local Government Area (LGA), students who live in the Camden LGA but attend high school outside the LGA & students who live outside the LGA but attend school in Camden.

CIFA is no ordinary exchange program, this is our local Camden Council supported program which has been running for twenty years with Camden’s sister city in Japan, Kashiwa.

The CIFA program offers a true culture experience for our Camden students with homestay as a highlight for students. This safe, welcoming family experience is a unique opportunity provided by CIFA & its Japanese counterpart KIRA in Kashiwa. Your family may have the opportunity to host a Japanese student in the following year, returning the hospitality enjoyed.

The program is for students in Year groups 9, 10 & 11. CIFA will orientate students by organising Japanese cultural activities to prepare them for their contact with these new experiences. These will include; simple language lessons, food experiences, Japanese customs, home & school life.

If you & your child are interested, please complete the ‘Expression of Interest Form’ attached in link above as soon as possible so that we can start the selection process. CIFA will invite you to attend an information evening where you can meet the teacher/ leaders & gain additional information.

April 2017

As usual we are all so excited about the KIRA students and representatives coming to Camden in the second half of the year.

But for this year only CIFA will not be sending the standard group of up to 16 students form years 9, 10 and 11 but will be sending a delegation of “Young Ambassadors”.

CIFA invites young people between the ages of 18 - 25 to participate in a cultural exchange program to the city of Kashiwa, Japan as part of the Friendship Agreement that fosters cultural, educational and business links between the two Councils.

·         Selected Youth Ambassadors will travel to Kashiwa, Japan, leaving Friday 22nd of September 2017 and returning on the 1st of October. The group will be led by a CIFA member.

·         CIFA will cover flights, travel insurance and transfers in Japan. Youth Ambassadors should bring some money for spending.

·         Successful applicants will be hosted by Kashiwa families. Activities will include representing CIFA at schools, local Council, civic events and local industry excursions.

·         For the duration of the exchange, Ambassadors will be expected to make presentations to schools and industry about themselves, hobbies, interests and talk about Camden as a place to live (in English). Basic Japanese will be taught before departure.

·         Youth Ambassadors on return will advise CIFA on further program ideas and exchanges and support CIFA in promoting its activities.

Who should apply?

If you are a confident, articulate young adult between the ages of 18-25 and believe you will represent our community as part of a genuine cultural experience in Japan, we hope you will apply for the program.

Application form is available on the above link. 

Further information is to be provided at the Undercroft Room, Camden Civic Centre on the 22nd of May at 7.30pm. It is strongly recommended that you attend this information session if you wish to apply.

Application forms will also be available at the event.

All enquiries should be directed to 

September 2015

The KIRA student visit to Camden last month was every bit as fantastic as previous years & even though our CIFA delegation travelling to Japan is only small this year, the students are so excited about going.

We are sure that it will be a wonderful trip with many memories that we stay with them for a lifetime.

April 2015

The next KIRA student visit to Camden will be 7th - 17th August 2015.

The reciprocal student visit to Kashiwa will be 21st September – 4th October 2015.

    • The first preparation meeting will be held at Camden High School on Wednesday, 20th May 2015 between 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
    • The student leaders representing CIFA for the 2015 Kashiwa visit will be: Roger Berry (Principal of Camden High School) as well as Chey Ioannidis (Teacher at Camden High School).

November 2012

Camden Primary Schoolchildren’s wishes to Hiroshima - Offering Thousand Paper Cranes

We, Kashiwa delegates visited Camden in November 2012 to celebrate the

15th Anniversary. We had a great time at Mawarra Public School, which exchanges the paintings with Kashiwa Primary school every year.  Kashiwa students also visit Mawarra School every year.  We were told that the lovely children of Mawarra worked hard to fold many cranes and wanted us to send them to Hiroshima.

After returning to Kashiwa, our president Mr. Nakayama said that he was planning to go to Hiroshima to place the cranes.  Then our Camden committee members, tour members, Kashiwa exchange students 2012 and their parents also helped to fold more cranes and finish wonderful thousand cranes.

It is a great pleasure to inform that Mr. and Mrs. Nakayama travelled to Hiroshima in the middle of December and offered the cranes with the message “We wish the peaceful world has no nuclear weapons and wars” to Children’s Peace Monument in Peace Memorial Park.

For photos of the KIRA 20th Anniversary celebrations, click on the link below: