Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

In July members of the Rotary Club of Belluno, Italy and the Rotary Club Greater Bend, Oregon USA held a joint International Zoom meeting. The highlight of the program were presentations by previous Bend-Belluno exchange students.  Alessia, Maria and Eli from Belluno and Jessie, Laurel, and Kacie from Bend.  Scout is one of our current students from Bend and we will be including her presentation in Italian.   

​Independent Exchanges

​   ​2019 Summer Youth Exchange

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time

Slide from Tom Combs' presentation at virtual meeting of Belluno Rotary Club, note written in both Italian and English

International Zoom Rotary meeting highlights previous

Bend Belluno Summer Student Exchanges

Mariachiara Santin

Presidente Rotary Club of Belluno

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"


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

Another highlight was Angelo Paganin giving a couple of presentations, first was a look at the exchanges between Belluno and Bend historically, while the second Angelo gave an overview, highlights, and current activities of the Belluno Rotary Club.

Michael Cottam of the Rotary Club of Bend spent extra time to ensure that the slides and presentations went smoothing, as they did.  Very well done Micheal.

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

Knox Family from their home in Bend singing to Belluno Rotary Club

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

In December the Belluno Rotary Club invited members of the Greater Bend Club to join their Christmas virtual meeting in Belluno.  Meeting started at 10 AM in Bend to match the 7 PM start in Belluno.  A highlight was the James Knox family singing a Christmas Carol to all and then Oliva Knox singing her original ballad of Ocean.  Tom Combs of Rotary Club of Greater Bend made a presentation detailing our clubs involvement and support for Giving Plate of Bend.

Members of rotary clubs of Belluno and Greater Bend (highlighted)

Belluno Rotary Invites members of Greater Bend Rotary

to their 2020 Virtual Christmas Meeting

Different Language, Different Culture, Different Countries

Bella Bend Beautiful Belluno Sister Cities
Responding to COVID-19 together, from a distance

Connections between our Communities

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

Current Activities - "Shelter at Home" Stories

Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

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