Local students set off for adventure of a lifetime
02 December 2016
Friday 2 December 2016
Five Benalla students will soon set off on Rotary Youth Exchange for the adventure of a lifetime.
Will, Hannah, Tahlia, Ryan and Lauren will jet off in January to Italy, Germany, Japan, Brazil and Switzerland respectively as part of a group of 13 students from Rotary District 9790.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan met with the students on Saturday to present them with Australian flags and Victorian lapel pins and wish them all the best on their journey.
“Rotary Youth Exchange gives young people an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a different culture,” Ms Ryan said.
“The exchange is an educational experience and schooling is compulsory. Students stay with host families and are encouraged to speak the language of their chosen country.
"The exchange is a wonderful opportunity for young people to increase their knowledge and widen their perspective on the world. It also helps develop valuable relationships between our region and other countries
Rotary District 9790 Youth Exchange Chairman Bruce McIntyre said Rotary Youth Exchange had been in existence (in its current format) since 1958, and more importantly had commenced in this very Rotary District.
“Rotary Exchange became adopted as a Rotary international youth program in 1974 with some 8000 students now involved worldwide each year,” Mr McIntyre said.
“We strongly encourage our students to exchange with a non-English speaking country; this way the students will learn a new language as well as experience a culture quite different to ours.
“Rotary Youth Exchange is considered to be the gold standard of youth exchange programs, as it is well organised by volunteer Rotarians who enjoy helping these young people experience a life changing event and watching their maturity and worldliness develop over the course of the year.
“If every young person in the world could be given the opportunity to undertake an exchange program, then there would be more peace in our world,' Mr McIntyre said.
If anyone requires more information about Rotary Youth Exchange, contact your local Rotary Club, or visit the Rotary Youth Exchange Australia website at www.ryea.org.au and lodge an Expression of Interest form on the website.