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Our Club and District 7040 is proud to be involved in the Rotary International Youth Exchange! 

Dániel Lakatos

Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2015-16

Hosted by: Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston (Canada)

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Debrecen (Hungary)

I’m glad I spent a year in Canada, because it has changed me as a person. I gained lots of experience by facing everyday challenges. I got to explore a country and immerse myself in its different, but amazing culture. I improved my language skills by a lot and now I can call Canada my second home. Maybe, I would even like to live there one day.

The thing I remember the most about my exchange year is the people. I remember every single person who had an influence on my exchange year. I’ve met people from all over the world. The exchange students, the Rotarians, my amazing host families, my friends and schoolmates; they were all there with me and made my year amazing.

I think the most important thing I learnt about myself on my exchange is that I am able to achieve many things if I try. I also learnt that pushing myself out of my comfort zone is always beneficial, as the people in my Canadian district always say: “If it is to be… It is up to me”.

Also, it was very surprised by how things didn’t change that much back home, because I had changed so much. It felt as if only a few days had passed, even though it had already been an entire year.  

Sunny Chiu

Rotary Youth Exchange Student 2014-15

Hosted by: Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston (Canada)

Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Taipei Forever (Taiwan)

My year in Canada was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Emerging myself into a completely new life and adapting to a new language and a different culture. I learned a lot from the exchange year and it changed me in several different aspects. Many of which I didn't even realize until after exchange.

Exchange is all about experiencing and that was exactly what I did. Christmas for me was so unique as I had never really celebrated it before. Plus my host parents at the time took me to a tree farm and cut down an actual tree for Christmas! I had never tried turkey before going to Canada and I got THREE turkey dinners during Thanksgiving, which is again a holiday we don't celebrate in Taiwan. And skiing and curling for the first time in my life! Not to mention all the snow I got to see and play with because the most snow we ever got in Taiwan was - well, none at all. Also to build an actual igloo with one of my host families! Last but not the least are the short trips I had. I didn't only stay in Kingston. Thanks to the awesome Rotarians of my Rotary district I got to go to several different cities in Canada. The most memorable one among them was probably when I was in Quebec for the carnival and to visit the ice hotel with a bunch of exchange students.

From the year in Canada I learned how to be more open-minded and to accept the differences in people. I am a lot more willing to try new things like food, sports or other activities. Because my year in Canada was just a big adventure, and it taught me to try everything I can. From living in several families that I never knew before, to going to school and trying to make friends when I have almost nothing in common with them, meeting other exchange students from all around the world and all the Rotarians helping me experience more of Canada. I find myself being a lot more confident than before as I have been through so much in the year and that made me believe I can achieve more than I think I could.

All of that was what made the experience so special and why I'm glad I made the choice to sieze this opportunity when it was presented to me. My exchange has already ended but that doesn't stop it from affecting me. The moment I decided to get involved in exchange was the moment when I was given a whole new perspective of the world, others, and myself.

We have amazing opportunities for young people 15 - 18 to spend a full year studying abroad! 

Full details about who is eligible, what's involved, how much it costs and how to apply are available on District 7040 Youth Exchange site.

What makes the program work for over 40 years has been committed volunteer host parents who welcome the international student into their family.  If you're interested in hosting please check out the program outline at District 7040 and then get in touch with us by emailing:
info @ckrotary.org
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