Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

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​   ​2019 Summer Youth Exchange

The  Summer Vacation - That Lasts a Life Time

President Patrazai Pedone of the Rotary Club of Belluno, with a message for our club.  Bend, Oregon and Belluno, Italy are "sister cities", and the Rotary Club of Greater Bend and the Rotary Club of Belluno have formed a special relationship.

"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."  

Greetings from Marco Perale and Angelo Paganin our good friends from Belluno, our Italian sister city. Nine years ago they came to Bend and many friendships have developed since then. They are making plans to return to Bend in 2022, our ten year sister city anniversary.

​​Breakfast on camp out at Sparks Lake

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

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

International Zoom Rotary meeting highlights previous

Bend Belluno Summer Student Exchanges

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"


Resting after group hike in the Dolomites

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.

While we don’t have energetic and fun-loving Belluno students this year to celebrate with as we have the previous 7 years, we still have international goodwill by recognizing the Belluno friendships that continue to bring a smile in our hearts.  We joined with members of the The Rotary Club of Greater Bend, to toast our common International Friendships, in this case Italy and Guatemala.

Rotary Club of Greater Bend and Bend-Belluno Sister Cities 

OUTDOOR International Friendship Celebration 

Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

Message from president of the Rotary Club of Belluno, Italy, President Patrazai Pedone.