Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

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ALERT - Application deadline have been moved back one month to January 5th 2019 for the 2019 Summer Exchange

James Knox, Professor of music at COCC took his sabbatical and family of 6 to Belluno this past spring.  James and Heather and their four children spent 10 active weeks in our Italian sister city. The whole family jumped into a number of Belluno groups and events starting with a community running club, a Belluno language high school and assisting in vocal instruction and music events included  singing in the community concert. Join us for an evening to hear the delightful and fun adventures of the “Jumping Knox Family” in Belluno.

Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

​​Recent Events

​Independent Exchanges

As Belluno begins to recover from the October Storm Belluno Rotary develops plan to help those folks who live in the most isolated areas in the Dolomites including the valleys up from Belluno such as Agordo by purchasing backup emergency radio communication systems and backup generators.

This is a well thought out plan working with community leaders and families and doesn’t duplicate efforts of the local and regional civil defense, and community emergency and follow up services.

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

Plans for next summer?  How about spending the summer between your Junior and Senior year of high school as part of a cross cultural exchange with Italy.  You would be hosted by a family in Belluno, our Italian sister city, with a matched student your age for 3 weeks.  Then later in the summer you and your Bend family would host your match student for 3 weeks.
This cross cultural exchange exposes you to so much more than a holiday tour.  You get to be an Italian for 3 weeks. You’ll hear and speak the language, delight in the Italian life and culture and have Italian food everyday. If this sounds like an international adventure you would be excited to be a part of follow this link.

Welcome

Community Sponsors

Our FIFTH annual student cross-culture exchange supported by the four Rotary Clubs of Bend and the Belluno Rotary club plus the sister city groups in Belluno and Bend.  This year twelve students, six from Bend and a matched six from Belluno spent seven weeks of the summer together.  More than 50 students have participated in this annual special Rotary/sister city program

"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."  

Belluno and Bend students at Welcome BBQ in Bend.  Traditional BBQ in Bend for Belluno students.  Of course Bend students were treated to welcome pizza dinner in Belluno.   

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

We have asked Kathy Ekman of the Bend Sister City Foundation if she can help and she has agreed to accept funds for the effort so that any donations are tax deductible through her 501(c)3 foundation.

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.

Belluno still recovering as rebuilding begins with plan for future

​Travelers Tips

Bend hopes to help with funds.


Beautiful Belluno:

A wonderful place like home

James and Heather Knox
Tuesday December 11
7pm 
The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar
55 NW Minnesota Ave


​   ​2018 Summer Youth Exchange

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time