Sutherland-lakewood Sister City Committee Inc

With governments around the world trying to address the COVID-19 pandemic just at the time we should be finalising participating students, visas, travel schedules, etc., Sutherland Shire Sister Cities and Lakewood Sister Cities have made the difficult decision to to jointly cancel the student exchange program between Lakewood and Sutherland Shire for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be back for the 2021-2022 program




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​​Welcome to the Sutherland Shire, Sydney
- Lakewood, Denver U.S.A. Sister City Website.


Since 1978, Sutherland Shire has had a Sister Cities Agreement with Lakewood, Colorado, USA. This agreement is culminated with the Sutherland - Lakewood Student Exchange Program, a unique exchange program in that it is a "twin" exchange.

Australian students are paired with an American student and family. Sutherland students then travel to Lakewood to stay with their American family for the last six months of the year, and this is reciprocated by the American student travelling to Sutherland and staying with their host family for the first six months of the next year. This provides a unique opportunity for students from each country to experience life overseas with another family.

The purpose of this "Award Winning" Student Exchange Program and related activities (referred to as "the Program") is to provide a unique and reciprocal opportunity for high school students living in the Sutherland Shire to live and study in America for six months, in particular Lakewood, Colorado (Sister City to Sutherland Shire), meet new people, make new friendships, work together as a team, overcome challenges, develop future opportunities, expand your horizons and become Ambassadors of your family, Shire and Country and to provide a reciprocal arrangement by hosting a student from Lakewood, Colorado for six months.

We are currently updating all information ready for the 2020/21 Exchange. Stand by for more information shortly.


Please follow us on Facebook or email suthlakgroup@gmail.com for any questions in the meantime!