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Parksville - Qualicum Beach British Columbia - Taylor Hunter, a Kwalikum Secondary student, returned from a nearly year-long trip to the Netherlands arranged by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach and a Rotary Club in the Netherlands this past July.
 
It’s a trip that’s changed who she is, and her direction in life.
 
Even now, months after returning, Hunter said ……
 
To read the complete story  written by Adam Kveton printed in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News on Thursday October 19th, 2017 go the the link:
 
British Columbia High School Student tells her story of her year in Netherlands with Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
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Hello everybody, here is a summary of my last month in the US!

I had a lot of things going on at the end of the school year and I had a fun time travelling around and spending time with my friends and my host families and I wanted to share it with you.

 

June rhyme with sun, prom, end of the school, graduation, travels…

A Student Says Goodbye After 10 Months in the US 2017-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Sasha Katzalay; outbound exchange student to Japan in 2010-11 was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by her sponsor Rotary club, Port Townsend Sunrise, for her continued support of Rotary and Rotary Youth Exchange. Sasha is a member of her University Rotaract club and has for years participated as a facilitator at the Outbound Orientation and served as a panel member on District Interview teams for future RYE students. She epitomizes what we as Rotarians hope to see our young people strive for in the world of Rotary. Because of Sasha’s dedicated efforts on behalf of Rotary her sponsor club presented her with this award in August of 2016. It was an overwhelming surprise to her, but a well-deserved award.
 
Sasha is pictured here with Ana; inbound student from Brazil 2016-2017
 
To read her complete story; 
Former Outbound Student Receives Paul Harris Fellow Jayne Neu 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Exchange Students Learn Skills For Life 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
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At the most recent District 5020 Conference and DTA held at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino and Resort in Pouslbo, Washington this past May 4th - 6th, 2017 Rotarians had the privilege of being entertained by several of the current inbound exchange students. Ailsa from Indonesia performed a traditional country dance in full traditional costume, Milosz from Poland showed off his film making skills with A day in a Life of an Exchange Student and the classes most recent excursion to the Comox Valley Rendezvous. Matej from Slovakia sang and played the electric piano to a Slovakian Folk song; he even twirled Governor Joann around the floor in some fancy dance moves. Devrim from Turkey played his guitar and crooned a Frank Sinatra classic; Fly me to the Moon and Adina from Finland sang Imagine while Matej from Slovakia accompanied her on the piano during the Memorial segment of the program
Rotary Youth Exchange Students Entertain at District Conference and DTA 2017-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
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At the recent NAYEN (North American Youth Exchange Network) Conference hosted in Calgary, Alberta, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program of District 5020 was honoured with the Dr. Abe Kuttothara Award as the “outstanding Rotary Youth Exchange District in North America”.   The award is given annually to a District from Canada, the U.S., or Mexico that exemplifies the ideals of Rotary Youth Exchange fostered by a North American Youth Exchange Network pioneer, Dr. Abe Kuttothara.
Exciting News for Rotary Youth Exchange in District 5020! 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
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Each year, a financial award is given out to a Long Term Outbound Rotary Exchange student in Rotary District 5020.   The financial award in the amount of $3 000 U.S. helps to offset Rotary Student Exchange Program expenses reducing the financial burden of participation for any student.

    Lee Belas was an exchange student to Belgium in 1985/1986, an experience that changed his perspective of the world and redirected his plans for the future.  He discovered that he loved learning other languages and wanted to someday be an ambassador.

Interview with past Lee Belas Financial Award recipient: Issac Alvarez Rueda 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
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37th Annual Rotary Youth Exchange Event in District 5020

Happily and with excitement we announce the 37th Annual Rotary Youth Exchange Event in District 5020 hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Comox Valley. Thirty-one Rotary International Students will rendezvous Wednesday, February 22nd - 26th engaging with Rotarians from the four local Rotary Clubs as well as with members of the greater community.

 

Announcing the 37th Annual Rotary Youth Exchange Event in District 5020 2017-02-13 08:00:00Z 0