Short Term Youth Exchange

For the first time in several years, our club decided to support a Short Term Youth Exchange student. We were fortunate to have Ewelina from Hanwell who attends Cardinal Wiseman School as our student and she exchanged with an equally delightful Italian student, Marina. In the photos, Marina and I exchange tokens from each Rotary Club and Marina describes her home and family life to our members.

Ewelina stayed with Marina’s family for 3 weeks in June in Saint -Pierre in Northern Italy and had a wonderful time. They travelled back together in early July when Marina lived with Ewelina and her family. Rotarian Janet was Marina’s Rotarian counsellor and met the girls soon after Marina arrived and they got to know each other informally sharing a meal together. Both students gave a lively presentation to our club about their respective visits and we discovered both wish to become medical doctors!

The girls had clearly made great friends and truly appreciated discovering each other’s culture visiting places of interest (including a tour of the apartments at Buckingham Palace with some of our club members) sampling differing foods and shopping in Italian and English department stores! Some interests never change!

We are delighted to have supported these students and look forward to attending a review meeting of all Exchange Students in London on 7th September.