ROTARY Club of Grafton
ROTARY Club of Grafton

Michael off on American adventure

POPULAR South Grafton High School student Michael Collyer heads off to Waupaca, Wisconsin, today as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.

During his trip, sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Grafton and Waupaca, the Nymboida teenager will spend 12 months studying and experiencing another culture.

Rotary Club of Grafton president Matt Chapman said the exchange would also be a great opportunity for Michael to develop new international friendships, new career skills and confidence in dealing with all sorts of situations.

Waupaca, which is located in the Great Lakes district in the north of the US, is about the size of Maclean and its high school of about 800 students tends to be a focus of community life.

Waupaca is not far from the border with Canada, which was Michael’s second choice of destination for his exchange posting. He says he would like to do some trips into Canada and learn more about its people and culture. The Grand Canyon is another destination on his wish list.

Michael will be hosted by three different families during his year in the US and he has already made contact with them.

One big adjustment is going to be leaving our hot summer to arrive in Wisconsin’s midwinter, but Michael said he was really looking forward to seeing snow for the first time.

Michael gave a very polished presentation to the Grafton Rotary Club members and the consensus was that he would be an excellent ambassador for Rotary and for the Clarence Valley.

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