The Rotary Club of Myall Coast is sponsoring their first overseas Rotary Youth Exchange Program (YEP) student.
Cordel Murphy from the Bulahdelah Central School is off to Warsaw in Poland for a 12 month Rotary exchange.
Having just completed his HSC, Cordel is taking a gap-year before starting university in 2016 where he will study for a diploma in computer sciences.
The Rotary YEP is a worldwide international exchange and students have the opportunity to spend 12 months living in a foreign country and being hosted by Rotarian families from those countries.
The exchange is on an educational basis and the visiting students will be attending an educational institution during their stay.
Cordel has attended several Rotary Youth programs over the last year and this will be a continuation of a very happy association with the local Rotary Club.
Departing in the middle of next January, he will travel via the UK to Warsaw to be met by his first host family.
During the year, he will have the opportunity to join several tours with fellow Exchange students and to experience many European countries.
He will also be learning the local language as a bonus to his year away.
Not having travelled out of Australia before, Cordel is full of enthusiasm and looking forward to the experience of a lifetime.
Students make lifelong friends on their exchange and contribute to the Rotary ethos of World Peace and Friendship.
There are many varied Rotary Youth Programs that do not necessarily involve overseas travel.
Anyone interested in learning more about these programs are very welcome to contact one of their local Rotary Club members.