Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

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Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

 Recent Event 

​Independent Exchanges

Margo McDonald of Bend and Sacile, Italywas in Belluno with Bend-Belluno exchange student and hosts. "Listening to the students both American and Italian, share their experiences with the community, seeing their excitement and smiles on their faces, the fondness and respect they showed towards their Italian families was such a pleasure  . . "

 Italian Food Culture and Wine Series 

The multi-talented Christina Cappy professor of anthropology, language teacher, and founder of the Bend Language Institute will show photos and tell stories about her experiences growing up in Florence, Italy.   Christina will pay special attention to the cultural differences between Italy and the United States when it comes to raising teenagers.

​   ​2019 Summer Youth Exchange

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time


7th Annual Bella Bend Beautiful Belluno Celebration

"Continuing to build International Friendships through 

Summer Youth Cross Cultural Exchange"

Resting after group hike in the Dolomites

Community Sponsors

​​​​Professor James Knox continues music friendship with colleagues in Belluno

You and your parents are invited to join us for an "Italian Open House"​​ sponsored by Rotary and the Bend Belluno Siter City organization.  A short presentation by Rotary and former exchange students and parents will be giving you background information. Plan to come and visit with past students and parents and enjoy the Italian desserts prepared by students at Cascade Culinary Institute.

Please RSVP early so we have enough Italian dessert.

Since Jim has returned from his sabbatical he recently completed the choral piece O Crux Benedicta that he specifically wrote for Nova Cantica, which is the group he sang and performed with while in Belluno last year. Collaborating with Luciano Borin, the director of Nova Cantica, Maestro Knox wrote the text in Latin since “I don't have experience writing in Italian and they don't have a lot of experience singing in English!”

Next Presentation

October 29th  7pm
Christina Cappy, PhD 

"Growing up in Florence" 

The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar
55 NW Minnesota Ave

Ages 21 and older

2020 Summer Youth Exchange​

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time

Each year through our sister city cross-cultural exchange our students have a unique opportunity to live in a different culture.  Students will have great experiences plus enjoy international friendships and will gain an expanded world view,

Ilaria and Eleonora, Andra, Ursala and Zara from Belluno, working through our sister city organization each spent a month as part of the Bend community.  These are individually arranged working exchanges allowing.  Each of our guests from Belluno have participated in volunteer activities and joined in with Italian conversation groups plus enjoying being part of a Bend family for the month.  These individual exchanges have been particularly meaningful for as Coach Bob Bruce pointed out after his masters swim exchange in Belluno, ""The 'sister city' connection is great, but it's particularly meaningful when one finds a group of people in our sister city that share your passion."  

​​Breakfast on camp out at Sparks Lake

For High School Juniors

Thinking about travel in Italy?  Why not include a visit to our sister city of Belluno.  Here are some insiders notes to help you "feel at home" while being in Italy.

​Travelers Tips

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