Esperance has a unique relationship with France. Admiral d'Entrecasteaux sailed past and through the Recherche (to search for) Archipelago, naming Cape le Grande (large cape) and the Esperance Bay (roughly translates to hope!). That bond remains today through the Shire run French Student Exchange Program.
Esperance is currently involved in the Twin Town project with our counter French city St. Martin, and has been so since 1988. To strengthen the friendship between the towns and provide a cultural experience for a selection of lucky Esperance students, the Twin Town's French Exchange Program does exactly THAT, sending teenagers across the world to immerse themselves within a new landscape, learn the language and bring back a touch of Esperance or France (depending on which side you are on!).
Students from years 9 to 12 are encouraged to apply for the four-week exchange, which will take place in July.
Basic French language skills are essential. More information can be found at the Esperance Shire website or directly at the Admin building, including application forms.