RESIDENTS at Drayton Villas Retirement Village took time out in September to welcome a group of international students from Japan.
Senior Administration Officer at the University of Southern Queensland Soomi Kim, suggested that the 18-year-old students visit Drayton Villas to share a cultural experience with the residents.
It didn't take long for the students to overcome their shyness as they showed the residents a few origami techniques.
The students taught the residents how to fold, twist and turn a flat piece of coloured paper into a wonderful keepsake.
However, inside sources report that the male residents appeared to be more adept at making paper airplanes.
"There was a lot of activity and we all worked up an appetite.
We had a stack of pizzas for lunch followed by delicious strawberries for dessert," said Drayton Villas Administration Assistant Janelle Handley.
The visit meant a lot to both groups and they were keen to show their gratitude.
"As a token of our appreciation we presented each student with a Drayton Villas bucket hat which was a big hit!
"I think they were delighted to have a souvenir of their visit to take home to Japan."
The students had bought a gift for Drayton Villas. It was a coffee table book with beautiful photos of the Japanese gardens in Toowoomba.
Drayton resident, Marcella Ward, also made a beautiful posy of fresh flowers for every student.
"It was no trouble to put them together," Marcella said.
"I gathered flowers that were growing around the Homestead and some of my neighbours have beautiful gardens, so I was able to add lots of colour and fragrance to the posies.
"The students told stories about their families and sang traditional Japanese songs while one of the students played the piano.
"It was a joyful time and we are hoping the students return to visit us next year."