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Ludlow Rotary Club hosts international exchange students at Okemo


Ludlow Rotary Club hosts international exchange students at Okemo
In early March international exchange students and their Rotary sponsors gathered for the weekend at Okemo Mountain Resort for snow sports and friendship. The students, who are studying in southern Vermont and New Hampshire for the school year, had a great time skiing, snowboarding and riding the Mountain Coaster courtesy of Vail’s Epic Promise grant program. The program supports local communities where Vail resorts are located.

The weekend has become a tradition with the Okemo Mountain Resort where staff arrange for lunches, ski and board rentals, and lessons for the students. 

This year students were from Brazil, Belgium, Paraguay, Venezuela, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Peru, Japan, Netherlands, France and Spain.

Program leader, Jim Rumrill commented that many students find this weekend to be one of their favorite experiences during their exchange year. The Romanian student received pre-trip orientation from a Rotarian in her home country who felt the Okemo Resort weekend was the highlight of her Rotary exchange more than 20 years ago. The memories and friendships formed this weekend last a lifetime for the students.  

The Youth Exchange Program ski weekend in March was a great success due to the Okemo Mountain Resort staff who help make it so successful.

Anyone interested in learning more about being a Rotary youth exchange student is invited to contact Jim Rumrill, chairman at (802) 380 2766.

In early March international exchange students and their Rotary sponsors gathered for the weekend at Okemo Mountain Resort for snow sports and friendship. The students, who are studying in southern Vermont and New Hampshire for the school year, had a great time skiing, snowboarding and riding the Mountain Coaster courtesy of Vail’s Epic Promise grant program. The program supports local communities where Vail resorts are located.

The weekend has become a tradition with the Okemo Mountain Resort where staff arrange for lunches, ski and board rentals, and lessons for the students. 

This year students were from Brazil, Belgium, Paraguay, Venezuela, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Peru, Japan, Netherlands, France and Spain.

Program leader, Jim Rumrill commented that many students find this weekend to be one of their favorite experiences during their exchange year. The Romanian student received pre-trip orientation from a Rotarian in her home country who felt the Okemo Resort weekend was the highlight of her Rotary exchange more than 20 years ago. The memories and friendships formed this weekend last a lifetime for the students.  

The Youth Exchange Program ski weekend in March was a great success due to the Okemo Mountain Resort staff who help make it so successful.

Anyone interested in learning more about being a Rotary youth exchange student is invited to contact Jim Rumrill, chairman at (802) 380 2766.

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