A year immersed in the Italian culture

OFF TO ITALY: Ashleigh Crimp will head off on a 12-month exchange to Italy early next month.

OFF TO ITALY: Ashleigh Crimp will head off on a 12-month exchange to Italy early next month.

LOCAL school student Ashleigh Crimp is off to art school in Italy with AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.

The Year 11 Ceduna Area School student will head to Fermo in Italy on September 4 for 12 months to attend an art school, and will complete courses in sculpture, design and other art disciplines.

Earlier this year former Ceduna Area School student Christo Knudsen spoke to Year 11 students about his experience in Denmark with AFS and Miss Crimp decided it was something she was interested in so applied for the program.

Based on Miss Crimp's academic achievements and glowing teacher reviews, she was offered a place on the school exchange program where she will live with a host family and attend school.

"After hearing Christo's experience and how much he gained from his trip to Denmark, I applied, then I found out my mum actually went to Thailand in the '90s with AFS as well," Ms Crimp said.

"I will receive some credit towards my SACE and when I return, I will begin my Year 12 studies."

New Zealand born and Canadian raised Miss Crimp is no stranger to foreign places and is ready for her new challenge in Italy.

"I want to experience more independence, I am in Year 11 now and I don't want to rely on my parents for everything, so this was a good chance to prove I can do things on my own," Miss Crimp said.

Every year AFS Intercultural Programs Australia provides opportunities for young people to live for a few months or a whole year in another country, where they are immersed in a different culture, living with host families and attending local high schools.