Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)
Rotary's Youth Exchange is one of the most popular programs to promote international understanding and develop lifelong friendships.In recent years, more than 7,000 young people have participated annually in rotary club- and district-sponsored exchange programs.
The values of Rotary Youth Exchange are experienced not only by the high-school-age students involved but also by the host families, sponsoring clubs, receiving high schools, and the entire community. Youth Exchange participants usually provide their fellow students in their host schools with excellent opportunities to learn about customs, languages, traditions, and family life in another country.
Rotary Youth Exchange offers young people interesting opportunities and rich experiences to see another part of the world. Students usually spend a full academic year abroad.
Rotary Youth Exchange is a practical activity for the enhancement of international understanding and goodwill.
Amelia Craig is our current Outbound Student.. Amelia is enjoying Switzerland.. (See her reports in Amelia's Reports)
Sarah Zehnder is our Inbound Student from Switzerland..
Sarah has been in Australia for 3 weeks now. She is currently living with Janelle and her family. She attends Cherrybrook Technology High School and is on Exchange from Switzerland. Sarah shared information about Switzerland, Food her home and her family. She comes from the canton of Thurgau which has a population of approximately 270,000 people. The population is mostly German speaking but there are other languages spoken such as Italian and French. The highest mountain peak in Switzerland is Dufour-Spitze and Matterhorn. The two lakes are Lake Geneva and Lake Zurich, both of which are so large they are measured in kilometres. Food in Switzerland is delicious – Zug Cherry Cake & Grisons Nut Cake; Zurich Ragout and St. Gallen Bratwurst; Fondue & Raclette; awesome cheese such as Gruyere (Sarah’s favourite!). Her favourite chocolate is Munzli and she has been to this factory. Sarah says we must visit it one day! Many of the dishes and main dishes, such as Thurgau marinated Pot Roast, contain alcohol! Sarah comes from a family of five – Mum (Postal Worker), Dad (Lawyer), Sister – Lena is 17 (Pharmacy Assistant) and Janine – 13 (Secondary School Student). There is also a family dog called Mylo. Sarah loves traveling, languages, drawing, super heroes, Psychology etc. She is excited about the opportunity to make friends all over the world. In Switzerland she is part of a Sorority at school – they read lots of books and wear hats. She wants knowledge! She was learning Judo but would now like to learn some other sport. Sarah would like to study Journalism or Psychology at University. She loves seeing new things and places and meeting new people. Whilst in Australia she would love to learn how to surf and have a great time. She gave great thanks to WPHC Rotary Club for hosting her.
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)
During an intensive residential weekend, young people aged approximately 15 to 16 years will develop increased motivation, improved life skills, better self-image, pride in themselves and an understanding of setting and achieving goals. At the same time, participants are interacting with peers from different backgrounds, and different parts of our district, improving their teamwork skills and having fun!! All this done in an informal atmosphere, where questions and debates are encouraged.
This year the Club sponsored Fiona Wallace and Jacob Durney-Steel to the RYPEN program . Both students presented to the club after RYPEN and clearly benefited from their experience at the camp.
Our New Outbound Exchange Student
Anna Laroumanie has been nominated o the District as our Outbound Exchange Student for 2017. Anna has been accepted and recently learnt that she will receive her wish and go to Japan.
Anna thanked the club for the invitation to attend tonight’s meeting. She learnt a few months ago that she is going to Japan. She was very excited because Japan has regions that are very warm and sunny as she doesn’t like the cold. She received her District Number a few weeks ago and discovered that she will be going to one of the coldest regions in Japan. She is now happy about that as it gives her an opportunity to learn about conditions with which she is very unfamiliar. She believes that her Exchange year in Japan will be the greatest year of her life. She wants to return to Australia a different and better person. She recently prepared a 3 minute speech to welcome new Japanese Exchange Students to her school. Anna is very grateful to Rotary International for giving her this incredible opportunity.