Posted by Gary Williams
The inbound team have all started their new school year and have started the count down to going home in July.  The activity for this group has ramped up since the start of the year with rebound weekend at the end of January and since then, the Mt Aspiring tramp and the water ski weekend around Waitangi Day.
Coming up soon is the Milford Track tramp from 16 to 20 March followed by the North Island tour that starts on 16 April in Wellington and concludes on 26 April in Auckland. Planning is also underway for Farewell weekend in June which this year will be held on Stewart Island.
The recently returned outbounds met up at the end of January at Rebound weekend and we had the pleasure of seeing again the benefit that students have in going on an exchange year.  Without exception they all returned better for the year away and are all doing different things with some returning to school, a couple going on to university, a couple to polytech and one who is going to work for a year or so to get his finances sorted.
Our current outbound students left in January and all have settled down well in their new environments in Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Chile, Taiwan and Belgium.
The exchange partners for the coming year (inbound in July 2019) are Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, France, Germany and Taiwan.  Chile will exchange in January 2020.  Applications are currently being received from these countries and it is hoped that the students will be able to be placed quickly with host clubs in the district.
Details about RYE have been sent to all secondary schools as well as to all clubs in the District.  This is the opportunity for Rotary members to support their own family members (children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.) and to encourage them to apply for exchange positions, applications for which close on 30 April.