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Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

​​Recent Events

​Independent Exchanges

For five days in October of 2018 the Veneto region of Italy including Belluno suffered a devastating natural disaster that left many villages near Belluno and into the Dolomites without any basic emergency communication services.  

Following news of this Belluno natural disaster the rotary clubs of Bend and community members in our Bend-Belluno sister city organization contacted our friends of the Belluno Rotary Club as we wished to send funds to help them in immediate disaster relief.  We were told to wait as the Bulluno Rotary club was in the process of coming up with a project to plan that could be most effective following future natural disasters.

Giorgio's Bend Friendship Exchange

 Italian Food Culture and Wine Series 

Huge Turnout For 5th Annual Bella Bend Beautiful Belluno Sister City Celebration.

​   ​2019 Summer Youth Exchange

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time

Our four Bend students are preparing for their summer cross cultural exchange with classes from Anna and Sandi on basic Italian Language and Culture.


Community Sponsors

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

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!”

"Our family has been overwhelmed with their hospitality.  Wonderful- beautiful people of Belluno!"

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."  

European bicycle tour expert, Larry Smith, shared amazing photos and tips about biking in Italy in his recent talk titled "Tuscany Unplugged".  Larry recommended that travelers, whether on bike or auto to stay on secondary roads and consider stopping and staying in the smaller villages that gives the traveler a great chance to visit with Italians.  Even the smallest Italian villages have small churches have great art.  If it rains best to find cover in bar, you'll find good beer and wine plus friendly Italians who are also getting out of rain.

​​​​Professor James Knox and family Return after living in Belluno for ten weeks

James and Heather Knox plus their four children spent 10 active weeks in Belluno.  Whole family was active in Belluno running club.  Kids hiking with our first individual exchange student from Belluno to Bend, Andrea Alpago-Novello.  Jim invited me to sing in the community  concert plus much more

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.

Bend supports Belluno Rotary's Disaster Preparedness Plan

​Travelers Tips

Recent Presentation

Larry Smith
Shares travelers tips and sunny summer pictures of Tuscany for those that braved the snow clogged streets of Bend

Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange