Australians take their tender years very seriously. About one in four secondary school graduates postpones entering college and participates instead in a gap year, which often involves foreign travel. Their government encourages youth to spend time volunteering overseas. According to their website, “At any one time there are about one million Australians living and working overseas.” Australia, which upon its discovery was deemed Terra Australis Incognita, took little time to overcome its relative isolation. “Incognita” no more, it was important to make a name for itself and get along well with other peoples.
As part of its drive to welcome intercultural diversity, it’s hardly surprising that The Land Down Under encourages youth from other countries to stop by. Ambassadors up to the age of 30 are welcome to hang an entire year on the island continent. After all, who would realistically fly halfway around the world to spend a mere four-day weekend in the large and beautiful land of Oz?