Léa Fernandez is from Belgium and has been in Central Florida on exchange since August 2017. Lea recently met with her host Rotary Club in South Lake to share her experiences thus far.

Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary Clubs in more than 100 countries. Youth Exchange Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families. Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

Rotary meets Tuesday’s at 12 noon each week with the exception of the first Tuesday each month when they meet at 6 pm, in the IHOP Restaurant, Highway 27, Clermont. Former Rotarians, and persons interested in learning more about the world’s largest service organization, represented in 132 countries, are always welcome.

To learn more about the local club’s activities, visit the Rotary Club’s website, southlakerotary.com or visit their Facebook page, Rotary Club of South Lake County.