Two local students are setting out to different corners of the world this week thanks to Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sarnia, David Chobotov, 17, will travel to Wetzlar, a city near Frankfurt in Germany, while Grace McClure, 16, has just arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Both students will be spending a year in their host country, learning foreign languages and attending high school.
Grace has timed her trip perfectly: she’ll be attending a number of events at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. A grade 12 student of Northern Collegiate, Grace will be hosted by a number of different Brazilian families, organized by Rotary.
David is leaving on Friday.
“I’m really looking forward to experiencing a new culture,” said David Chobotov before leaving. “I always find it cool to see how other people live.”
The Rotary Club of Sarnia will also be playing host to a student coming from Warsaw, Poland.
Myles Vanni organizes the program locally for the Rotary Club of Sarnia. “Students going out on a year-long Rotary exchange gain a wealth of experiences in a different culture and from different perspectives,” he said.
“They come home with a greater maturity, a broader understanding of the world and its issues and a stronger appreciation of their home and Canada.”
The goal of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program is to foster global peace through international travel and cross-cultural cooperation. The Rotary Club of Sarnia is always looking for applicants. More information is available by contacting the club at (519) 490-1066.
Locally, the Rotary Club of Sarnia is supported through the activities of more than 70 members, who are local business and organization leaders representing a variety of vocations. Continuing to live by its motto, “Service above Self,” Rotary Sarnia maintains an active program, focusing on special needs children, youth leadership development