Individually Arranged Exchanges, another exchange Opportunity between Our Sister Cities

​Independent Exchanges

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."  

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

Bend Belluno Sister Cities Cultural Exchange

BEN ARRIVATA                   DI                       EVENTI                       SCAMBI                   METTE IN EVIDENZA              CONTATTO

Rebecca Franklin, Ph.D. Department of Forest - Central Oregon Community College

Meets with Angelo Paganin and Belluno Forester

More information will be posted shortly as Rebecca recovers from the first half of her collaborative forest exchange.


 The Summer Vacation That Lasts a Lifetime

Have you ever dreamed of living in a foreign country?  How about Belluno, Italy?

This program is open to high school juniors and sophomores who would like to experience life as part of an Italian family in Belluno.  This is a reciprocal exchange; Bend students are matched with a Belluno student and stay with the Belluno family for 3 ½ weeks, then host the Italian student at their home in Bend for 3 ½ weeks. For many participants, this experience ignites a life-long friendship between the students and sometimes the families as well.

​The Bend-Belluno Sister City Committee, working through Rotary International's Short Term Exchange Program (STEP), is offering a seven-week cross-cultural exchange opportunity to students from Bend.

Forestry Exchange - Belluno, Italy, and Bend, Oregon.