Your mid-winter orientation will be taking place February 21-25, 2018 in the Comox Valley. All Inbound exchange students of District 5020 are to join us for an exciting weekend in February.   (Please check back to verify all dates)
This trip is the refresher for the Inbound Students. All Inbound Students to attend. This event is hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Comox Valley.  A schedule for pick up time and place will be sent out and posted here once finalized. 


The cost including transportation is paid by your club.

Inbound Students Hosted in US

US Students will need to be at the COHO Terminal in Port Angeles by 7:30 AM for the 8:20 AM departure to Victoria on February 22.  All US side students must have their passports, Canadian visa for required countries and the "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" form (This should be stapled in your passport).  No students will be allowed on the ferry without these documents. 

Inbound Students Hosted In Canada

Canadian students will be picked up by bus at various locations as the bus works its way up-island and delivered to Comox Valley in time for Check-In.


The following is a summary agenda for the entire session and may change without prior notice: 

Trip up to Courtenay, with stops for lunch along the way. Upon arrival you will all wear your Rotary blazer/jacket and a nice shirt with your casual clothes you wore up island.

We will be hosted for a family style bar-be-cue by the Rotarians and their families in the Comox Valley area. We will mingle (talk to different people) with our host clubs Rotarians. This is a time to get to know Rotarians and for them to get to know you.

Before dinner we will present our own country flag (flags provided-no need to bring one). After dinner we will have an entertainment show (like at inbound orientation), bring any props, costumes, music, etc you will need to accompany you. At the end of the evening you will be home hosted by a Rotarian, you may be alone or you may have one other student staying with you.

Explore the Comox Valley. Activities planned may include swimming, curling, bowling; ice skating and lots of other fun things. Dinner, an evening activity and then home to your host family.
Strathcona Lodge during the day.  students must have outdoor clothing that they might get muddy including a warm jacket and sturdy boots. Friday night will be a time to have dinner with your host family. It is a good idea to bring a small thank you gift or thank you card for them when you leave. 

Comox Band at the Big House and Orientation. Activities Saturday night: to be announced. More details about this to come.

Return home: US students will be on the 4:00 PM sailing of the COHO. Returning to Pt Angeles by 5:30 PM. Schedule to be announced.

Please Bring

Daily activitiesCasual clothing:  jeans, sweatshirts, athletic shoes, Swim Suit. Your District 5020 Rotary Sweatshirt

Wed Evening Dinner: Blazer (Your Rotary jacket) Any costume or traditional clothing needed for the talent show.

Friday ActivitiesClothing appropriate for outdoor activities. Shoes that are sturdy and can get wet. Warm coat, hat, gloves, and scarf.

Saturday Night: Casual clothing is appropriate.


You will also need personal funds for purchases (Students will have opportunities to buy small items during the stay), Cameras (There is much to see and ample photo opportunities)

A copy of your first semester school grades:  This can be your report card or a copy of your grades from your school counselor for the completed first semester

Thank you cards or small gifts for your Comox Valley Host Family.


All meals will be provided by host families and Rotarians in the Comox Valley.  If student requires a special diet, please note on the registration form. 


Students will be home hosted by Comox Valley Rotarians.

Entertainment Show

Students will provide an Entertainment Show for all Comox Valley Rotarians.
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