Rotary exchange students enjoy local fall fun

MEREDITH — The Meredith Rotary Club recently hosted 20 youth exchange students from Rotary District 7870, which covers much of Southern Vermont and Southern New Hampshire.

The students in the youth exchange program were from Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Thailand. Students in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program spend the entire school year with host families in the United States. Two Meredith students joined the group, one who spent last year in Chile, and one who is Meredith's candidate to be an exchange student during the 2014-15 academic school year.

On October 11, students met their weekend host families at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith, during a dinner sponsored by the Meredith Rotary Club. October 12 began with a trip to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center. From there, the group attended the Sandwich Fair, compliments of the Sandwich Fair Association. They then enjoyed winding their way through the corn maze at Moulton Farm. Later the participants went off to Funspot, the Weirs Beach Go-Kart track, and making tie-dye shirts, before ending the day on the Mt. Washington dinner cruise. After spending October 13 with their Meredith weekend host families, the students returned to the towns that are hosting them for the year.

Events such as these are rewarding experiences for both the students and host families. Anyone interested in being a Rotary Youth Exchange student or hosting a student, during the 2015-16 academic school year, should contact Dean Gulezian at 677-7172.