Reilly Pickering (centre) with Danish host parents Katrine and Rasmus Madsen.
Reilly Pickering (centre) with Danish host parents Katrine and Rasmus Madsen.

Teen thrilled with European exchange

HAVING spent the past year in Europe, Yamba resident Reilly Pickering is now a strong advocate for the Rotary Club exchange program.

"I headed over not knowing what I was in for and it turned out to be the best year of my life," the 19-year-old said.

Sponsored by the Yamba Rotary Club, Mr Pickering divided his time between two host families based in the Danish towns of Rebild Kummune and Suldrup.

He also completed a train tour of Europe.

"I headed over after finishing school, I always wanted to do a bit of travelling," he said.

"A teacher I look up to said 'no matter what, spend a year overseas'.

"When I heard Rotary Yamba was looking for people to send away I put my hand up."

While in Denmark, Mr Pickering immersed himself in the Nordic culture by attending a Danish school and did his best to learn the language.

"I would like to thank the Yamba Rotary Club for giving me the opportunity to go away," he said.

"Thanks to Rebild Rotary and mum and dad. And if anyone is thinking of doing an exchange I highly recommend it, it will be one of the best decisions of your life."



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