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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
7:44 pm
really cool place. anyone there?
Monday, July 30th, 2007
12:19 am
My name is Aurore and I was an exchange student in Pittsburgh in 1997-1998. I'm trying to find people who were in this area at the same time or people who were on the tour of the USA the summer 1998.
There is no rotex in my district and not many exchange students.
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
1:30 pm
Belgium 1996-1997
If there are any exchanges who went to Belgium from 1996-1997, come join this Facebook group, Rotary Exchange Belgium 1996 - 1997. It's been amazing to catch up with old friends and reminisce about Eurotour and hanging out in the Carre or the Pot au Lait.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
4:52 pm
hey all.
just wanted to say hi.
i went on exchange in july-august 2005 to austria. i loved the rotary experience. has anyone here been?
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
8:52 pm
Hellou everyone!
I'm now at Japan, Nagoya for an exchange. Have been here already one week.
I'm a 17 years old finnish girl and very excited about this exchange. I hope everyone who have been at Japan can tell me something useful :D
My hosting club is Nagoya-osu RC D2760 Japan. よろしくね!
Monday, August 7th, 2006
6:36 pm
Hellllllllooo people!!!!

hi my name is jeremy tan from malaysia and i was an exchange student to brasil 2003/2004. lived in belo horizonte for a year and studying the law right now (heading to the university of cardiff this sept). yeah.. its sooper cool to have a little community right here in livejournal to see track down friends (in a non-stalkerish way), and basically meet new people!

Viva o Brasil!! Beijos e Abracaooo!!

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, July 20th, 2006
9:28 am
hi everyone!!

i've been a member of this community for ages and just havent posted.

i'm Louise Kennedy and i'm from South Africa D9300.
i went on exchange to thailand D3340 in 2004.
so if anyones headed that way and needs advice on Asia, look me up.

have a good time those of you who are on exchange or on there way to one.
Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
10:45 am
Hi, my name is Kara Finley and I was to Japan in 2003 through 4-H and Labo/Lex. I am currently applying to be a rotary exchange student and I'm documenting the whole process in this live journal *points to username*. Yeah, I couldn't be anymore obvious. I'm not horribly far in the process--I have the application almost completely filled out and my Rotary club is aware of my interest. I hope to know by the end of the summer. :)

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
2:46 am

my names Jon and in June of 2007 I will be heading to Miyazaki-chuo, in Miyazaki-Ken,
on the island of Kyushu, in Japan, with Rotary (District 2730).

I'm Sixteen, and from California.
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
7:56 pm
Germany 2006-2007
Hi! I'm going to Germany with Rotary in 2006-2007. Anyone else doing the same? I haven't heard where in Germany yet, but it seems like a lot of people already know. I'm kind of worried. Should I have at least heard my district by now? Anyways, I'm really interested to hear from anyone...whether you're in Germany or about to go :D

I'm so excited!

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
8:55 pm
Hi everyone.
I have just joined here so I thought I should tell something about myself.
My name is Nia and I'm 16 years old girl who doesn't speak very good English..
I live in Finland and my exchange country will be Japan. In 2006-2007.
Has anybody been there?
Sunday, January 22nd, 2006
11:32 am
Comics about exchange!
Hi everyone :)

I just thought I'd plug the comic I make a bit - it's about the experiences of exchange students. Hope you don't mind!

Have a look!Collapse )

Posted also to f0reignexchange.

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, January 16th, 2006
9:18 pm
hey i'm new to lj
hey i'm an exchange student from the usa in taipei, taiwan. 18 yrs old and trying desperately to learn mandarin, which is a pain in the butt, but its fun.

for relevant info, see my profile

hekate lacroix

Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, January 7th, 2006
6:26 pm
oh.. cool.. a rotex group! :)
hi! my name is verena, i've been to quèbec, canada with rotary in 98/99 and am/was vice-president of rotex-austria for a couple of years (ever since we decided to start this a.. uhm.. little more seriously. but giving ourselfs important-sounding titles while still just meeting for some beers or helping out on an orientation once in a while was as serious as we could get so far).

oh, and i (and my president flo) have been to the first (?) and only (?) rotex-international conference in switzerland 2004. anyone around here whom i've met there?
Friday, December 23rd, 2005
12:34 am
Hey Guys.

Stop by the Exchange Message board sometime. Right now there's almost 300 active members and lots of fun times, and good information. It can help with alot of questions. Right now we're selecting a new name, so feel free to vote in the polls for it.

We started as Rotary-centric but have expanded to include almost every program-- while still reamining rotary-centric.

Thanks ^^;
Monday, December 5th, 2005
4:33 pm
.....................................pete sampras?
Hey I just joined this community and thought I could might do somesort of introductory post yes? yes.

Name: Christine a.k.a Teeny and Buttons McGuane
Age: 16
Exchange Program: Rotary International
From: Oregon U.S.A. District 5100
Exchange Land:Arequipa, Peru District 4300
Year: 2005-2006

So yes I'm currently living in Arequipa..I also saw that Peru was not listed in the interests...hmmm.

Oh yes and also, yes I am aware that my user name is incorrect spanish grammar...so please don't tell me about it.

Anyways I was a wonderin' if any of you feel weird about not being homesick too much, people ask me if I miss Oregon or my city or whatever and I'm like "umm..not really." so my host family thinks I'm so some sort of heartless child or something.

Alright chau chau.

Current Mood: hello
Saturday, November 12th, 2005
1:29 am
Most places I go, most cities, make it easy to forget hte pain of leaving Izmir. I can lose myself in the differences, delight in the new - sometimes in the unexotic, sometimes in the theatricality of the over-exotic. I can forget - momentarily, at least - the feeling of being ripped away, of the lasting pain like the loss of a limb, something that should have been a part of me forever.

Rome brings the pain to the forefront, makes it fresh and bright like picking at a scab that hasn't healed over, watching wet red blood well up and drip. It hasn't healed over, almost five years later, and I'm both afraid it's never going to, and dreading the moment when it might.

Sittin in a nargile cafe in the heart of Trastevere, drinking ceylon tea out of a proper tulip-shaped bardak, I pick at hte part of my memory that I've managed to lock away while in Scotland, and I can almost see the blood come up fresh. It's not easy, and it's not painless, but it feels right, the way Izmir did once and never might again.

I don't know if I'd warn people who want to put themselves through this particular pain away from doing it, even if I could, even if they would listen. Because the scars you carry on your heart... they just remind you that there was another piece there, once, and that you've left it behind in a place that has earned it.

And remembering that, even for a moment, is worth the pain.

Current Mood: exchanger-y
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
4:31 pm
Sad news
It is my sad duty to report to this community that a great friend of youth exchange has passed away.

Fred Combs has for several years been the driving force in youth exchange in Rotary District 7570, which encompasses all of western VA along the I-81 corridor, and also part of Eastern Tennessee. He was a recently retired judge, and he had a magnificent sense of humor. He was devoted to his family, most especially to his wife, and to Rotary Youth Exchange. He had an amazingly quick wit, and one could not help but smile even when you just shook his hand upon meeting the man. He was a uniquely wonderful human being.

Fred suffered a tragic farming accident on Thursday at his home in Tazewell, VACollapse )

Current Mood: devastated
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
12:53 am
I´m a doble exchange student and doble rotex

2002-2003 USA: Morgantown, West Virginia
2004-2005 Austria: Salzburg and Viena

I´m From Chile and I´m still living in Viena, I´m planing to study here in Austria, so my friends, If I stay here i might travel sometime through Europe and I´ll ask any of you Unknown People to stay at your place ok?. So this is how it works, If you are coming to Viena, be sure you can stay at my place. Deal?
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
6:42 pm
Hello all - saw this community and had to join.

I was in Osnabrück, Germany through Rotary the 97-98 school year. The area of the US I'm from has so few Rotexes, we didn't have a group, and I've had very little contact with other former exchangees, and so I was thrilled to see this group ...

Will be watching closely, but am not a big poster - am more of the replying type.


Current Mood: cheerful
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