How to become a Rotary exchange student

At Rotary Club Vanderbijlpark's recent Youth Evening the two incoming students from Germany, Lilly Baischke and Jasmine Pons Andurell gave feedback on their African experience. The club's outgoing exchange students and their hosts Hubrie van Deventer and Margeaux shared their experience on the hosting of incoming students. A few prospective exchange students attended the meeting as well. Rotarians Susan Lucouw and Helene Malan act as youth officers with President Rita Benecke (far right) at the helm.

VANDERBIJLPARK. – One of the goals of Mrs Rita Benecke, president of the Rotary Club Vanderbijlpark, is to increase the number of exchange students every year.

This is one of Rotary’s many projects and includes long and short term youth exchange programmes.

High school children from the age from 16 years can apply at their nearest Rotary Club.

The students have to attend a selection interview. Successful candidates are matched with countries of incoming students and their parents act as host parents to visiting exchange students.

The short term programme runs for up to six weeks and the long term for one year. Long term students may be hosted by different families during their year depending on the approval of the Rotary Club involved. The cost for the exchange is carried by the parents. For more information contact 084 250 2515 or visit the facebook page: Rotary Club Vanderbijlpark.

Rotary Vanderbijlpark recently inducted two new members, Leanna Lucouw and Leon van der Merwe, increasing their total number of members to 32. Anyone interested in more information regarding the club’s projects can visit the facebook page: Rotary Club Vanderbijlpark.

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