If you are in Grade 10, 11, or 12 and interested in learning about or becoming Clearwater Rotary Club’s exchange student during 2015 – 2016, read on.
An information meeting was held with Rotary members recently, but it isn’t too late to find out the requirements and put your name forward. Contact Sherry Heier (250-674-3355) or Jean Nelson (250-674-2327) for more information. An initial application form, which can be picked up at Clearwater Secondary School (CSS), needs to be filled out and given to Sherry at Interior Savings Credit Union no later than Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Interviews of applicants will follow; these will happen at CSS on Thursday, Oct. 16. Two students will be selected at that time. These two teenagers will complete a detailed application form, and in mid-November will go to Kamloops for further interviews (along with others from Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Chase, Revelstoke, and Merritt) and the final selection process. Students who are chosen are expected to be worthy representatives of their community, province, and country.
Successful candidates will then participate in several events to help prepare them for their unique, exciting, overseas experience. At these they will meet other students, both “outbound” like themselves, as well as “inbound” students who are currently here on exchange from other nations.
Students can suggest up to six countries from a list of 25 where they would like to spend their 10 months, and while the youth exchange committee of District 5060 and Rotary International make every effort to match these, there are no guarantees. After that, it is time to pack! Clearwater Rotary has been very proud of our outward-bound students who have lived and studied in Australia, France, Austria, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and Japan.