10 Ni-Vanuatu Agriculture students will be arriving in Vanuatu today after being stranded in Israel for almost a year. These students have completed their one year and a half studies and were supposed to have returned home early last year. Unfortunately, they were not able to return home due to the border lockdowns.
These students are repatriated from an Auckland flight.
According to Senior Scholarship Officer, Mr. Paul Hiliman, the students have been vaccinated in Israel.
These students will undergo a 14-day quarantine prior to being released to their families.
The Vanuatu government is responsible for their quarantine expenses, said Hiliman.
These 10 students are the first recipients of scholarships to study at AICAT Arava International Center for Agriculture Training, funded by the government of Israel through a bilateral agreement.
They left Vanuatu in 2019. After their one year and a half studies, which ended early last year, the students graduated with Diplomas in Agri-business.
Now that they are home, Mr. Hiliman said the students could either apply for jobs or pursue further studies in their interested field of studies.
The Senior Scholarship Officer confirmed the Israeli government covered the flight expenses from Tel Aviv airport to Auckland and airfares from Auckland to Vanuatu was paid for by the government of Vanuatu.