Maclean Rotary has said farewell to exchange student, Vincent Strick who has spent the last six months with the Club as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange programme.
Vincent spent six months with the Glen Innes Rotary Club and came to Maclean early this year…a contrast between high country and coastal living.
Seventeen year old Vincent was sponsored by the Brilon-Marsberg Rotary Club in Westphalia, about 180km from Cologne.
During his stay in Maclean he attended the local high school and learned many new skills especially surfing.
In his final presentation to the Club , he explained how much he enjoyed his stay, and the life
experience he gained.
But after 12 months in Australia admitted he will have to polish up his German when he returns to college in Germany in several weeks time.
During the three-weeks safari through outback Australia, undertaken by most exchange students during their stay, Vincent was
taken greatly by life on the land.
And as a special memento, the Maclean Club presented him with a stock-whip in keeping with his interests, and the very Australian Akubra hat.
The Maclean Rotary Club has participated inn the Youth Exchange Scheme for more than 30 years hosting students from Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium and Germany.
And as part of the exchange, the Club has also sponsored outbounders to a similar range of countries.