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2022-2023

Hometown: Lake City, Florida
School: Homeschool
Sponsor District : District 6940
Sponsor Club:
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Ciao!! My name is Vanessa and I am going to spend my Sophomore year in Italy!! I really love learning languages and have always wanted to travel the world, so I am extremely excited and grateful to have this opportunity given to me. I just turned 15 and I am a dual enrollment student at home. In my free time I like listening to music and spending time with my family. Being the oldest of seven kids, I really love my siblings and parents very much, and am so glad that they are supporting my decisions and desires. A hobby of mine is long distance running. I have been running Cross Country and Track since I was in fifth grade.

The reason that I decided to become an exchange student was so I could get to experience different cultures and how people live in other parts of the world. Having the wonderful opportunity to do an exchange through Rotary Youth Exchange has already been really amazing. I have gotten to meet so many great people and it is only the beginning. I look forward to the next few years and can not wait to make lifelong friends and family along the way.

Vanessa, Italy

Hometown: Lake City, Florida
School: Homeschool
Sponsor District : 6940
Sponsor Club:
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Ciao!! My name is Vanessa and I am going to spend my Sophomore year in Italy!! I really love learning languages and have always wanted to travel the world, so I am extremely excited and grateful to have this opportunity given to me. I just turned 15 and I am a dual enrollment student at home. In my free time I like listening to music and spending time with my family. Being the oldest of seven kids, I really love my siblings and parents very much, and am so glad that they are supporting my decisions and desires. A hobby of mine is long distance running. I have been running Cross Country and Track since I was in fifth grade.

The reason that I decided to become an exchange student was so I could get to experience different cultures and how people live in other parts of the world. Having the wonderful opportunity to do an exchange through Rotary Youth Exchange has already been really amazing. I have gotten to meet so many great people and it is only the beginning. I look forward to the next few years and can not wait to make lifelong friends and family along the way.

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Florida Virtual School
Sponsor District : District 6940
Sponsor Club:
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Until age five I lived in Crawfordville, Florida. There I enjoyed climbing trees, exploring the woods, shooting my compound bow, and looking for lizards and snakes.

At age five I moved with my parents and brother to Northeast Tallahassee. On weekends I often went fishing on the gulf coast. In summers I traveled with my family to Europe, usually Moldova where my mother grew up, and my grandparents live. I went to Killearn Lakes Elementary School, where my favorite teacher inspired me to have discipline in my life.

After elementary school I went to Deer Lake Middle School. In my free time I played way too many video games. I was very good at video games, but now I wish I had spent more time reading, exercising, and learning another language.

I went to a public high school for two years before the pandemic hit. After that, I studied online with Florida Virtual School, which has been great because I could do much of my high school work from Moldova and Italy. My hobbies are weight training, reading, fishing, healthy cooking, and traveling. I have visited several countries in Europe, but not the Czech Republic. I grew up speaking both English and Romanian because my mother is from Moldova. I look forward to learning Czech as a third language, which will help me learn the other Slavic languages. I enjoy reading, I read one book per week. I see the Rotary Youth Exchange as an opportunity to develop as a person and become more mature and independent.

Victor, Czech Republic

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Florida Virtual School
Sponsor District : 6940
Sponsor Club:
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Until age five I lived in Crawfordville, Florida. There I enjoyed climbing trees, exploring the woods, shooting my compound bow, and looking for lizards and snakes.

At age five I moved with my parents and brother to Northeast Tallahassee. On weekends I often went fishing on the gulf coast. In summers I traveled with my family to Europe, usually Moldova where my mother grew up, and my grandparents live. I went to Killearn Lakes Elementary School, where my favorite teacher inspired me to have discipline in my life.

After elementary school I went to Deer Lake Middle School. In my free time I played way too many video games. I was very good at video games, but now I wish I had spent more time reading, exercising, and learning another language.

I went to a public high school for two years before the pandemic hit. After that, I studied online with Florida Virtual School, which has been great because I could do much of my high school work from Moldova and Italy. My hobbies are weight training, reading, fishing, healthy cooking, and traveling. I have visited several countries in Europe, but not the Czech Republic. I grew up speaking both English and Romanian because my mother is from Moldova. I look forward to learning Czech as a third language, which will help me learn the other Slavic languages. I enjoy reading, I read one book per week. I see the Rotary Youth Exchange as an opportunity to develop as a person and become more mature and independent.

 

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
School: North Atlanta High
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Buckhead, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Hi there!

My family consists of my Mum-Christine, Dad-Steve, and my two brothers-Nelson and Amadeus. I also have a cat- Freddie Mercury, and a dog-Picasso.

I was born in Australia, and have travelled some of Europe, all at a young age. It is because of this that I have a great love for travel and seeing new sights.

I play the French horn, and have played several other instruments from a young age. I participate in my school’s music performances, and attend regular after-school rehearsals.

After school, and homework, I enjoy cooking dinner, riding my bicycle, and reading. I love to read books. My favourite authors so far include Cassandra Claire, Rick Riordan, and Brandon Sanderson.

I also enjoy playing board games and videogames with my brothers. We play the card game Unstable Unicorns together, and Super Smash Bros. on our Nintendo Switch.

i hope that when I travel to Sweden I will learn more about Swedish culture, history, and geography. I also hope that I become more, if not completely, fluent in the Swedish language. With my experiences learning about Swedish culture, I also hope to gain some new Swedish friends that I can continue to talk with in the future when I return home.

I look forwards to meeting you!

Dante, Sweden

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
School: North Atlanta High
Sponsor District : 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Buckhead, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Hi there!

My family consists of my Mum-Christine, Dad-Steve, and my two brothers-Nelson and Amadeus. I also have a cat- Freddie Mercury, and a dog-Picasso.

I was born in Australia, and have travelled some of Europe, all at a young age. It is because of this that I have a great love for travel and seeing new sights.

I play the French horn, and have played several other instruments from a young age. I participate in my school’s music performances, and attend regular after-school rehearsals.

After school, and homework, I enjoy cooking dinner, riding my bicycle, and reading. I love to read books. My favourite authors so far include Cassandra Claire, Rick Riordan, and Brandon Sanderson.

I also enjoy playing board games and videogames with my brothers. We play the card game Unstable Unicorns together, and Super Smash Bros. on our Nintendo Switch.

i hope that when I travel to Sweden I will learn more about Swedish culture, history, and geography. I also hope that I become more, if not completely, fluent in the Swedish language. With my experiences learning about Swedish culture, I also hope to gain some new Swedish friends that I can continue to talk with in the future when I return home.

I look forwards to meeting you!

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Leon High School
Sponsor District : District 6940
Sponsor Club: 
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

I’m a 5’1 gal who wants to see the world. In my quest to travel to different countries, see new places, and experience new cultures and activities, I am working hard to achieve this goal. I know that traveling the world is no easy task and definitely is something that doesn’t just happen without working for it. Because of this I have had my mind set on making this a reality by pushing myself to the best I can be. I am working to graduate in three years instead of four, and as well taking classes at the community college to get my associates degree early. Pushing myself academically has been tough but worth the work seeing that I’m almost graduated! Not only do I work hard in school but I have been working to pay for this rather expensive dream of mine. I got my first job at the ripe old age of 14 working as a tutor for younger kids at the business called Kumon. My time there has been nothing but great memories. My time there fortunately didn’t go unnoticed and I was moved to the “ Head of the early learners section. This for a 15 year old was amazing and quite a bit of work. I was now a manager with more hours and responsibilities, taking 9 classes at school instead of 6, all while trying to have a social life. Work and school are very important to me but so is my family and friends. They keep me grounded while going through all of this. My best friend and my sisters have been my biggest support system through my journey this far. I doubt I would be here today without them. They truly are the ones that make me the Wren I am today.

Wren, Netherlands

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
School: Leon High School
Sponsor District : 6940
Sponsor Club: 
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

I’m a 5’1 gal who wants to see the world. In my quest to travel to different countries, see new places, and experience new cultures and activities, I am working hard to achieve this goal. I know that traveling the world is no easy task and definitely is something that doesn’t just happen without working for it. Because of this I have had my mind set on making this a reality by pushing myself to the best I can be. I am working to graduate in three years instead of four, and as well taking classes at the community college to get my associates degree early. Pushing myself academically has been tough but worth the work seeing that I’m almost graduated! Not only do I work hard in school but I have been working to pay for this rather expensive dream of mine. I got my first job at the ripe old age of 14 working as a tutor for younger kids at the business called Kumon. My time there has been nothing but great memories. My time there fortunately didn’t go unnoticed and I was moved to the “ Head of the early learners section. This for a 15 year old was amazing and quite a bit of work. I was now a manager with more hours and responsibilities, taking 9 classes at school instead of 6, all while trying to have a social life. Work and school are very important to me but so is my family and friends. They keep me grounded while going through all of this. My best friend and my sisters have been my biggest support system through my journey this far. I doubt I would be here today without them. They truly are the ones that make me the Wren I am today.

Hometown: Fayetteville, Georgia
School: Starr’s Mill High School
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Peachtree City, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

I am the youngest of four sisters, so I have grown up in a big family. I am a people person, and I love meeting new people and trying new things. I try my best to stay active, whether that is going on a walk with my dog or playing lacrosse. In my free time I love to relax and read, as well as spend time with friends and family. I am currently employed at Chick-fil-A, and I spend about 20 hours a week working there. I spend my Sundays volunteering at my local church by taking care of toddlers. I always have loved to listen to music, and I also enjoy playing the piano and ukulele. Growing up, my family and I traveled frequently. One of my most memorable trips was to Peru. We spent our time learning as much history as we could in the little time we were staying there. We also spent a day hiking Machu Picchu, which is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Because I grew up surrounded by a big family, I am naturally very extroverted. I like to take the lead when I feel like it is needed, and I am strong willed when I think something needs to be done a certain way. I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity!

Charlie, Thailand

Hometown: Fayettevile, Geirgia
School: Starr’s Mill High School
Sponsor District : 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Peachtree City, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

I am the youngest of four sisters, so I have grown up in a big family. I am a people person, and I love meeting new people and trying new things. I try my best to stay active, whether that is going on a walk with my dog or playing lacrosse. In my free time I love to relax and read, as well as spend time with friends and family. I am currently employed at Chick-fil-A, and I spend about 20 hours a week working there. I spend my Sundays volunteering at my local church by taking care of toddlers. I always have loved to listen to music, and I also enjoy playing the piano and ukulele. Growing up, my family and I traveled frequently. One of my most memorable trips was to Peru. We spent our time learning as much history as we could in the little time we were staying there. We also spent a day hiking Machu Picchu, which is one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Because I grew up surrounded by a big family, I am naturally very extroverted. I like to take the lead when I feel like it is needed, and I am strong willed when I think something needs to be done a certain way. I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity!

Hometown: Hartwell, Georgia
School: Hart County High School
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of East Cobb, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Bonjour! I am so excited to start my adventure in France next year. I’ve been wanting to do this my whole life; ever since my parents took my sister to France and left me in Georgia with my grandma. Even though I was too young to remember them being gone for a week. When they came back they brought me back a couple of children’s books about France and I’ve been enamored ever since. When I was little, I would pour over those books and I would just want to escape to live in the pictures.

Growing up my parents have taken me to many different places around the world. When I was fourteen, I went on a week-long exchange to China and it has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. It was unlike any place I have ever been to and learning about a culture and food that I didn’t know that much about was amazing. Experiencing that has pushed me to apply for rotary and I’m so grateful I did.

My hope one day is to be a professional actor, whether it be in a movie or a play. I hope that one day I’ll be in a piece of art so meaningful it will impact the way people think. I write screenplays in my free time and in this past year I’ve picked embroidery and baking as hobbies. I love to cook and play board games or puzzles with my family. I’ve become more interested in fashion and I love finding clothes that I love and feel confident in. I’ve always been interested in French and English history and I can’t wait to expand on that knowledge. I’m so excited to start my exchange and I am counting the days. Thank you.

Allie, France

Hometown: Hartwell, Georgia
School: Hart County High School
Sponsor District : 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of East Cobb, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Bonjour! I am so excited to start my adventure in France next year. I’ve been wanting to do this my whole life; ever since my parents took my sister to France and left me in Georgia with my grandma. Even though I was too young to remember them being gone for a week. When they came back they brought me back a couple of children’s books about France and I’ve been enamored ever since. When I was little, I would pour over those books and I would just want to escape to live in the pictures.

Growing up my parents have taken me to many different places around the world. When I was fourteen, I went on a week-long exchange to China and it has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. It was unlike any place I have ever been to and learning about a culture and food that I didn’t know that much about was amazing. Experiencing that has pushed me to apply for rotary and I’m so grateful I did.

My hope one day is to be a professional actor, whether it be in a movie or a play. I hope that one day I’ll be in a piece of art so meaningful it will impact the way people think. I write screenplays in my free time and in this past year I’ve picked embroidery and baking as hobbies. I love to cook and play board games or puzzles with my family. I’ve become more interested in fashion and I love finding clothes that I love and feel confident in. I’ve always been interested in French and English history and I can’t wait to expand on that knowledge. I’m so excited to start my exchange and I am counting the days. Thank you.

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
School: Druid Hills High School
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Decatur, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Bonjour and hello! I am an IB senior at Druid Hills High School and beyond thrilled to live in Belgium in the upcoming year.

I spend a lot of my time trying to get to know myself, from going on hikes at Sweetwater Creek to reading a new book (right now, my favorite is “All About Love” by Bell Hooks).

When I’m not picking up a new hobby or random fascination, I often spend my time at school! I serve as Student Body President and plan a lot of school spirit-related events and programming to better my school and our neighboring communities. I also spend my time playing Lacrosse, running the IB student committee, or working at my local YMCA!

I spend a lot of my time learning French at school, from my IB French course to the various French cultural clubs where I’m active. So, I am incredibly excited for the chance to go to Belgium, a francophone country. However, I don’t know much Dutch or German, so navigating a country with various languages will be incredibly interesting.

I haven’t left Atlanta very much in my life, and this will be one of my first chances to become so deeply ingrained into a different culture. In exchange, I am excited for the perspective and awareness that I will gain from the various lifestyles and experiences that I will come across.

In college, I plan to study Philosophy and International Relations with a minor in Computer Science or French, and there is nowhere better to explore these interests than Belgium, a country known for its dedication and appreciation to the arts and sciences and the birthplace of some of the most influential philosophers of all time.

Adieu!

Chayce, Belgium

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
School: Druid Hills High School
Sponsor District : 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Decatur, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Bonjour and hello! I am an IB senior at Druid Hills High School and beyond thrilled to live in Belgium in the upcoming year.

I spend a lot of my time trying to get to know myself, from going on hikes at Sweetwater Creek to reading a new book (right now, my favorite is “All About Love” by Bell Hooks).

When I’m not picking up a new hobby or random fascination, I often spend my time at school! I serve as Student Body President and plan a lot of school spirit-related events and programming to better my school and our neighboring communities. I also spend my time playing Lacrosse, running the IB student committee, or working at my local YMCA!

I spend a lot of my time learning French at school, from my IB French course to the various French cultural clubs where I’m active. So, I am incredibly excited for the chance to go to Belgium, a francophone country. However, I don’t know much Dutch or German, so navigating a country with various languages will be incredibly interesting.

I haven’t left Atlanta very much in my life, and this will be one of my first chances to become so deeply ingrained into a different culture. In exchange, I am excited for the perspective and awareness that I will gain from the various lifestyles and experiences that I will come across.

In college, I plan to study Philosophy and International Relations with a minor in Computer Science or French, and there is nowhere better to explore these interests than Belgium, a country known for its dedication and appreciation to the arts and sciences and the birthplace of some of the most influential philosophers of all time.

Adieu!

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
School: Roswell High School
Sponsor District : District 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Roswell, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Bonjour everyone!

My name is Revie Pierce and I live in Roswell, Georgia with my parents, five younger siblings, and two dogs. I am a freshman at Roswell High School and my favorite subjects are Literature and Art.

Outside of school, I love to draw, read far too many fantasy books, and write poetry. I also enjoy playing soccer, spending time with my friends and family, and participating in musical theatre with two of my siblings.

Last year I went to boarding school in North Carolina, which sparked my ever-growing sense of adventure. After coming home from an amazing school year there, I decided I wanted to become a foreign exchange student.

I have always loved learning foreign languages and as soon as I started learning French I fell in love with it. I am really enjoying my studies as I become comfortable with the language.

I am ecstatic and thankful to be representing Rotary and the USA as an outbound student to France next year. I hope that my year in France will teach me important lessons about myself and grow my confidence in a completely new environment, while also broadening my view and perspective of the world around me. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I am sure I will cherish it forever.

Revie, France

Hometown: Roswell, Georgia
School: Roswell High School
Sponsor District : 6900
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Roswell, Georgia
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA

My Bio

Bonjour everyone!

My name is Revie Pierce and I live in Roswell, Georgia with my parents, five younger siblings, and two dogs. I am a freshman at Roswell High School and my favorite subjects are Literature and Art.

Outside of school, I love to draw, read far too many fantasy books, and write poetry. I also enjoy playing soccer, spending time with my friends and family, and participating in musical theatre with two of my siblings.

Last year I went to boarding school in North Carolina, which sparked my ever-growing sense of adventure. After coming home from an amazing school year there, I decided I wanted to become a foreign exchange student.

I have always loved learning foreign languages and as soon as I started learning French I fell in love with it. I am really enjoying my studies as I become comfortable with the language.

I am ecstatic and thankful to be representing Rotary and the USA as an outbound student to France next year. I hope that my year in France will teach me important lessons about myself and grow my confidence in a completely new environment, while also broadening my view and perspective of the world around me. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I am sure I will cherish it forever.