Posted by Club Chat Publisher Paice on Nov 20, 2019
Youth Exchange Student Visit
Our Six Exchange Students with Shona
It was a busy night at Papanui Rotary last Thursday with Club Member Shona, who organises our involvement in the programme, introducing us to six of the Rotary Youth Exchange students currently being sponsored by Rotary Clubs throughout the South Island. 
They are:
  • Calix from France based in Waimate.
  • Hanna from Sweden based in Queenstown.
  • Ana from Brazil based in Christchurch.
  • Lilly from Austria based in Invercargill.
  • Eugenio from Chile based in Cromwell.
  • Erina from Switzerland based in Wanaka.
We also had Kegan join us who will be going to Brazil.
Each student spoke briefly about themselves and how their experiences or planned experiences are going so far.  They are finding it a great opportunity to experience a variety of new activities, learn about Rotary and make new friends. 
Kegan also spoke briefly about being proud and excited about his upcoming overseas placement and the opportunity this gives him to develop and grow.
It has been suggested that Rotary Exchange experiences can move participants up to seven years ahead in their personal development when they return home. 
Shona closed the session by suggesting that one of the key advantages of this programme is: “We can change the world one student at a time.”
Nick thanked Shona for her hard work and the students for their visit and commented on the resurgence this valuable programme contributes to potential new generational membership.