Yeppoon Civic Welcome to American Students

This Monday 22nd June at 1.30pm, the Capricorn Coast welcomed its first bus of American Students as part of the People to People Student Ambassador program for 2015. The students participated in their first Civic Welcome, which was conducted by a Livingstone Shire Council representative.

For the first time ever students were greeted at St Christopher’s Chapel for their Civic Welcome. The rustic open-air chapel is a rare surviving example of the presence of American servicemen during the Second World War and a wonderful local connection for the visiting American Students, erected in 1943 by some of the 70,000 American troops that were stationed around the area during the Second World War.

People to People Ambassador Programs offers extraordinary, life-changing educational travel opportunities for students. With nearly 50 years of experience, more than 500,000 alumni, and destinations on seven continents, People to People is one of the world’s most recognised and respected educational travel providers.

CEO of Capricorn Enterprise, Mary Carroll, says, “Every winter, the east coast of Australia is host to hundreds of students enjoying the adventure of a lifetime during their summer vacation. The Capricorn Region is very fortunate to be able to host these student ambassadors for a few days and give them the opportunity to learn more about our heritage and attractions”.
“This is the second year the Civic Welcome has been offered at the Capricorn Coast, giving students the opportunity to meet our local Councillors and learn more about our local government and history. Twelve bus loads of students will participate in the Civic Welcome over the next two months, and our hope is that this will be an experience that they take home and share with friends and family” she said.

The students range in age from 10 to 18 years, and whilst in region they will visit; The Capricorn Caves, Koorana Crocodile Farm, Dreamtime Cultural Centre, and Mercure Capricorn Resort Yeppoon. The ultimate aim of the program is to bridge cultural and political borders through education and exchange, making the world a better place for future generations. For more information on the program visit

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