Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

Our family had the privilege and pleasure of being a part of the 2018  Bend-Belluno Sister City Rotary Exchange.  Although at first I was a little apprehensive about my daughter fitting in with another family

little apprehensive about my daughter fitting in with another family

(would she behave, be polite, communicate), and even more so about a

stranger coming to our home, I can tell you that this was the best

experience we could have hoped for.  Our Italian sister/daughter instantly

became a part of our family and we knew from day 1 our hearts grew three

sizes.  I believe both girls enjoyed their time immensely and truly grew

from the experience.  It is hard to put into words all we gained from the

exchange, but I think we all have more confidence, awareness and

aspirations because of the exchange. Thank you to all of the Rotarians who

put in countless time and money into making this beautiful opportunity

available.

Mallory and Jenn Roberts shared their experience with students.  Jenn as host mom and Mallory as reciprocal student last year.

2018 Youth Exchange

Bend students make Belluno their home

Six Bend Students with Steve Lelli, from rotary and Anna Pollino, Bend Belluno sister city group and Ziggy

Sandi and Anna, with 2018 Bend Students learning about Belluno and Italian language and culture.

Many amazing group trips planned by the Belluno host families and Belluno Rotary club.  Kids learn about Dolomites, Vajont Dam disaster in 1963 and group activities.  Also visited villa Gaggia in Belluno where history was made in 1943 at meeting between Hitler and Mussolini.

Bend Students Greeted at Venice Airport

BEN ARRIVATA                   DI                       EVENTI                       SCAMBI                   METTE IN EVIDENZA              CONTATTO

 The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time

Preparation Begins for Students and Parents

Belluno students make Bend their home

Bend students enjoy a evening dessert learning about their upcoming summer exchange first in Belluno then hosting their match in Bend.

While the goal of our Summer "Cross Cultural Exchange" is to allow Belluno students to experience life as a Bend teenager host families showed their Rotary match some of their favorite places and activities in Bend.

Six Bend students greeted by host Belluno students at Venice airport.  The Belluno group of greeters number more than 20.