Nanaimo area Rotary Clubs are looking for young people with a yen to travel.
Paul Geneau, chair of the five-club joint Rotary Youth Exchange Committee, says Rotary wants applications from high school students interested in spending a school year abroad through the Rotary International program.
"We're looking for young people with a desire for adventure, an interest in learning another language and culture, mature individuals who can take on the challenges of living abroad," said Geneau.
Geneau has been on the exchange committee for 15 years. He and his family have hosted three international students and both of his children have taken part, he said.
"We recently went to Thailand for the wedding of a student who lived with us 12 years ago."
Students on the program pay their travel and spending money. Their room and board and related costs are covered by Rotary.
A big supporter of the program is Swedish exchange student Sara Lindhagen, who lives with the Sharp family and attends Grade 12 at Dover Bay Secondary. Lindhagen has only been in Canada five weeks, but is already impressed.
"My family is so lovely and they take such good care of me," she said. "I am meeting so many great people, my school is awesome and I have many friends. "I have been so busy and I know I will have many good memories when I go home."
Details and application forms are online at http://rye5020.org/Anyone interested may contact Geneau with at email@example.com. Take applications to Geneau's office, Eye Care Nanaimo, #202-6330 Dover Rd. Deadline is 5:30 p.m. on Friday.
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