Host family, outbound exchange students sought

Rockford Rotary is currently hosting a student from Germany, but is also looking for an outbound student. As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country.

In Rotary’s long-term Youth Exchange program, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.

More than 8,000 young people each year have experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Are you ready for it?

Did you know that our locally based Wolverine World Wide did business in approximately 180 countries and territories around the world in 2009?

Rotary has exchange programs in over 40 countries. Germany is one that is available, or perhaps you would like a Spanish-speaking country, or Japan, Taiwan or something more exotic like Zaire.

Rockford Rotary, along with Rockford High School led by Dr. Ryan Kelley, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, will be hosting an informational meeting Monday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford High School in the main office. The meeting is for any students, with their parents, who are interested in becoming an Outbound Student to a foreign country. Application deadlines are October 25 for the full completed application.

What is Rotary Youth Exchange…?

One of our returned students call it “The best year of my life.”

Have you met Julius Loebbecke, our inbound exchange student from Germany yet? He’s been participating in the band and with the soccer team. Come to the meeting. He will be glad to share his experience with you.

Do you want to add a new cultural dimension to your family life? Host Julius for the third trimester.

Call Rotarians Tony Astras 866-4283 or Jim Tol 696-2259 for more information or visit Rockford Rotary’s website www.rockfordmirotary.org, click on the Activities to take you to the Youth Student Exchange site.

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