Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

​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  . . "

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

March 3rd 7 PM  
Sherri Hogshead

"Diversity in the Dolomites"

The Wine Shop and Tasting Bar
55 NW Minnesota Ave

Ages 21 and older

"Sister" Rotary clubs - Belluno, Italy and Bend, Oregon.

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

Shari Hogshead is an experienced Nordic skier, hiker, and international tour guide who leads group tours in the Tyrol region of Austria and the Dolomites (Sud Tyrol) in Italy.  She will be sharing stories, photos and tips about the geographic and cultural diversity of this region which is the natural border between the Mediterranean and Alpine climates.    Shari is a wonderful speaker with decades of experiences to share.

In The News

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

Upcoming Events

7th Annual Bella Bend Beautiful Belluno Celebration

"Continuing to build International Friendships through 

Summer Youth Cross Cultural Exchange"

BEN ARRIVATA                   DI                       EVENTI                       SCAMBI                   METTE IN EVIDENZA              CONTATTO

​   ​2019 Summer Youth Exchange

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time

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


Community Sponsors

Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

President Felice Gaiardo of the Belluno Rotary club and the Governor of District 2060 Massimo Ballotta of the formal signing ceremony in Belluno, Italy.  This is part of a celebration in Belluno of the Rotary International theme of "Rotary Connects the World"

 Italian Food Culture and Wine Series 

Resting after group hike in the Dolomites