On Aug. 26, four members of the William Woods Rotaract Club went to Columbia to meet 16 youth participants in the Rotary Youth Exchange.
In the Youth Exchange program, high school students aged 15-18 from the United States study in other countries, while students from other countries come to the United States. The program was started in the 1920s in Europe.
Today, there are more than 8,000 students traveling abroad in 80 different countries.
Megan Tolias, Leo Brown, Lacey Malawey, and Kylie Zamboni-Cutter all attended a meet-and-greet with these 16 amazing students from around the world. Each student had unique stories. Tolias asked each student, "What made you want to come to the United States and Study?"
Students said they wanted to learn the English language and to experience the American dream. The Rotaract officer team thought this was a great opportunity for Rotary Youth Exchange participants.