Young people urged to apply

The state government has called on young people aged 18-25 to apply for a unique opportunity to experience Hong Kong culture as part of the International Youth Exchange Program.

In August 2019, 12 lucky delegates will be chosen to participate in the program to visit Hong Kong and meet their Hong Kong counterparts. The Hong Kong delegates will visit Perth in October 2019.

Now in its third year, the program gives young people the opportunity to develop self-confidence, build international networks, improve their understanding of different cultures and gain exposure to potential career options.

Youth Minister Peter Tinley said the program offers young Western Australians, and their Hong Kong counterparts, an invaluable opportunity to discover more about each other's cultures and lifestyles.

"It also helps young people develop their self-confidence and build international networks, and gives them an improved appreciation of possible education and career goals," he said.

"I urge young people between 18 and 25, especially those from regional areas and from Aboriginal and multicultural backgrounds, to apply for this fantastic experience."

The International Youth Exchange Program aims to strengthen ties between Hong Kong and Western Australia.

The Department of Communities delivers the program in partnership with WA's Youth Affairs Council.

Applications close on May 13, 2019. More information is available at www.yacwa.org.au.