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See you next year ... St Peter's College pupil Emily Chamberlain (17) heading to Thailand for a month. PHOTO: JENNY DILLNER

An opportunity of a lifetime is what St Peter’s College pupil Emily Chamberlain feels she is taking up she heads off to Thailand for a month.

This will be the eighth Thailand-New Zealand language and culture exchange.

There are eight pupils from all over the country selected.

Emily leaves New Zealand on January 3.

She said although she knew she would be staying with a host family while in Thailand, she had no idea where it would be.

“I will find out when I fly to Wellington on December 6, and here too I will meet the other students who are also going.”

Emily said she will stay with the host family for three weeks.

During this time the objective is to interact and learn the Thai language and culture.

“And they will learn about us.”

The last week in Thailand the whole group will stay in Bangkok.

Emily was approached by St Peter’s international student teacher Mrs Buchanan, who suggested she apply for the exchange.

“It was a great opportunity,” Emily said.

“There was an intensive and thorough process to go through, but well worth the effort.”

All of the costs were paid for.

“We just have to take our own spending money.”

Emily said her mother had encouraged her to take the incredible opportunity.

“[It’s] a chance of a lifetime.I feel very privileged.”