By Amanda Verhoeve
Glendale Co-Op Student
Two young women have been given the opportunity to travel to learn about different countries first-hand.
Rotary Exchange has inspired Emily Holman, 17, to embark on a life-changing trip to Melbourne, Australia.
“Going to another country and experiencing a new way of life was the most exciting part,” says Holman.
After first hearing of the Rotary Exchange in her Grade 9 French class at Glendale High School, Holman has been very interested in participating in an exchange. When a friend went on an exchange and Holman heard stories and saw pictures, she was hooked.
“Rotary Exchange interested me because it was something that would change my life for the better.”
Holman’s exchange was arranged through The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg. She will be living with a host family for a year, while attending school and learning about Australian culture and history.
“I am most excited to meet new people and to be able to live and communicate with people on the other side of the world.”
Holman will be leaving this summer.
Riley McKnight, 16, is also participating in a unique event through Rotary Exchange. McKnight has been given the opportunity to go to Ottawa for five days to meet students from all over Canada, as well as political leaders. The mini exchange is called The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program.
McKnight left Saturday, and will be returning Thursday. While away, she is learning about democracy in Canada, meeting with diplomats from other countries and observing a new citizen ceremony. McKnight is staying with a Rotary host family for her time away.