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Perspectives of a 2017-18 Rotary Youth Exchange Student ...

As we are in the midst of our first year of Rotary Youth Exchange, Dunwoody High student Henry O'Connell, one of our current outbound students who is studying in Thailand, sent this update to his sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody:

“Hello and Happy New Year’s from Thailand! The holiday season has come and gone and it has been a very bittersweet time for me as we transition into 2018. This is my first time away from home at this time and I am in a country where most, if not all, of our holidays are not celebrated. But I have been very busy. My host mother is the type who travels at every opportunity. It feels unreal, but I have passed my exchange’s halfway point. In the past 5 months of my exchange I have enjoyed life thoroughly. School has been my favorite part of my exchange. I've taken advantage of my school’s classes and I have 2 periods of Chinese, 2 periods of Japanese, and the rest in Thai. On weekends and days off I can go see movies and go out to eat with my school friends. My local mall even has an indoor skate rink! My communication at school is strictly in Thai despite the best efforts of many to converse with me only in English. My exchange to me right now is more than I could have imagined. The experiences I am having every day and the places I have been are memories I will never forget. Thank you for sponsoring me on this adventure of a lifetime!”

Watch for more information in our next newsletter about the students selected for next year's Rotary Youth Exchange class.

Posted by Dottie Toney
January 9, 2018


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