NORWICH – Have you ever wanted to experience the cultures of Europe, South America, the Far East, or even Central America while staying at home? You can. Since 1927 students and host families all over the world have had their horizons broadened and their lives enriched by the generosity of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Currently your local Norwich Rotary Club is searching for local families to host our next exchange student who will be arriving in August for the upcoming 2006-2007 school year.
Local volunteer Rotary Youth Exchange coordinator Jamey Mullen states, “We are currently looking for host families to assist with this famous international program. The Rotary Youth Exchange program is the most affordable program of its kind and is run entirely by dedicated volunteers.”
Mullen is a bit nervous about the future of this program locally, as the Norwich Rotary Club does not currently have any host families for this fall. “Ideally we would like a total of three host families for the upcoming school year as this would be the best way for students to experience a wide cross section of a host family’s way of life,” said Mullen. Switching families during the student’s stay also helps the student’s ability to adapt to new environments and improve communication skills.