Burdekin residents may have heard more American accents than normal recently.
About 400 teenage students from all over the United States will visit as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program – a cultural and educational exchange aimed at promoting world peace.
Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said the students would experience the Burdekin’s mild winter, friendly service and warm hospitality.
“They will also learn about our region, local government and be presented with a certificate and souvenir,” he said.
Cr Lowis said the students received a civic welcome and lunch at the Burdekin Theatre before spending some time browsing through Ayr’s central business district.
This is the 23rd year the Burdekin Shire Council has been involved in the ambassador program.
The non-profit foundation was originally established by US President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 to establish world peace through youth interaction and cultural exchange.
The Burdekin Shire Council presents all of the ambassadors with a certificate acknowledging their contribution to world understanding and friendship through their involvement in the program.
The first of the nine groups arrived in the Burdekin on July 1 and the last will be welcomed to our Shire on Sunday, July 20.