Giovana settling into Quesnel well

The current Rotary Exchange students from Brazil is thrilled with Quesnel

Giovana thinks of Quesnel as a home away from home.

er

another positive casualty

from its irresistible

charm. Giovana

Siqueira, a 16-year-old

Rotary exchange student

from Campinas,

Brazil considers this

community her home

away from home.

She originally

learned about the

Rotary exchange program

a few years ago

from a friend of the

family who was an exchange

student herself.

“I thought it was

amazing,” Giovana

said.

“Three years later I

chose Rotary because

it gave a more human

experience. I also liked

the thoroughness of

the screening of exchange

students, they

really wanted to chose

the right people.”

But where to go

in the entire world?

Giovana wasn’t sure

until she attended a

Nations Fair in her

city.

“I was interested in

many countries, but

Canada really stood

out,” she said.

“I did a lot of research

and talked to

people who’d been

to Canada. They all

said how the people

are very kind-hearted

and besides I liked

your prime minister.”

She also discovered

in her research that

Canada was a very

diverse country and

that’s something she

really admires.

Giovana was coming

from a city of one million

to a community

of about 12,000,however

she said that was

a plus for her.

“I like that you get

to know so many people

and Quesnel is so

peaceful and safe,” she

said.

“In Campinas people

don’t go out at

night, especially teenaged

girls. There’s a lot

of conflict in Brazil.”

As she prepared for

her year-long Rotary

exchange, Giovana

said she didn’t set any

big goals.

Her first day at

school she admitted

she was shaking and

scared, however, once

she entered her home

room and found her

teacher was a Spanish

teacher (Giovana’s

native tongue is

Portugese but Spanish

is close enough

for communication)

and her first class was

theatre, her passion,

the 16-year-old never

looked back.

“I met the girl whose

now my best friend

and I’m enjoying

school,” she said.

The transition to

Quesnel was made easier

for Giovana as her

mother, for reasons

unknown to Giovana,

had placed her in

English classes at the

age of four years and

continued for 10 years,

her English is almost

flawless.

“I like how the English

language flows,”

she said with a smile.

Giovana says she’s

not experiencing

much homesickness

as she keeps very busy

and texts her parents

often. She is embracing

the exchange and

loving it.

“We all know how

good this experience

will be for me, so that

has helped me,” she

said.

As for her parents,

they also have an exchange

student staying

with them, in fact she’s

sleeping in Giovana’s

bed.

“She looks like me,

my age, my hair colour,

before I left for

Canada we spent a little

time together and

we were mistaken for

twins, so my parents

aren’t suffering,” she

said with a laugh.

Giovana is here until

sometime in July and

so far she’s pleased

with her accomplishments.

She was successful

in landing the

lead in the Spring Theatre

musical production

In the Heights,

has been achieving

good grades and

made many friends.

Although she hasn’t

made her post-secondary

plans, she hopes to

pursue a career in the

theatre.

“I hope to attend

university in Canada,

I like the style of

schooling here, even at

the high school level,”

she said.

Giovana’s loves her

current host family,

Julie Giesbrecht and

her husband and children.

“They are awesome,

the kids, the parents

the atmosphere.”

If she could provide

words of wisdom for

other students considering

the Rotary

Exchange program,

Giovana, with an instantly

enthusiastic

response said, “Do it.

It’s worth it. No matter

how scary, the cultural

experience takes

life to another level.”

No matter where life

takes Giovana she will

always love Quesnel.

“The community

opened its arms and

welcomed me like no

where else could. It

feels so familiar, like

I’ve lived her my whole

life.”

She also had high

praise for the Rotary

Exchange program.

“Rotary is great, the

organization has a different

way of sending

you on your exchange,

they make sure you

have a nice place to

stay and are always

checking to make sure

you’re doing okay. I

like how they manage

the exchange as a

whole.”

Since 1972, Quesnel

Rotary Student Exchange

program has

seen 31 students from

all over the world

spend a year in the

community and 31

Quesnel students

have travelled to other

countries for the same

experience.

The first exchange

was with Jeanette

Cox from Australia

in 1972 and in 1974

Karen Burley from

Quesnel spent a year

in Australia.

Quesnel Rotary

funds the yearlong

outbound international

exchange student program

every second year

and currently they are

accepting applications

from students in Grade

10 – 12 for the 2018-

2019 year.

Visit www.quesnelrotary.

com and like their

Facebook page.

er

another positive casualty

from its irresistible

charm. Giovana

Siqueira, a 16-year-old

Rotary exchange student

from Campinas,

Brazil considers this

community her home

away from home.

She originally

learned about the

Rotary exchange program

a few years ago

from a friend of the

family who was an exchange

student herself.

“I thought it was

amazing,” Giovana

said.

“Three years later I

chose Rotary because

it gave a more human

experience. I also liked

the thoroughness of

the screening of exchange

students, they

really wanted to chose

the right people.”

But where to go

in the entire world?

Giovana wasn’t sure

until she attended a

Nations Fair in her

city.

“I was interested in

many countries, but

Canada really stood

out,” she said.

“I did a lot of research

and talked to

people who’d been

to Canada. They all

said how the people

are very kind-hearted

and besides I liked

your prime minister.”

She also discovered

in her research that

Canada was a very

diverse country and

that’s something she

really admires.

Giovana was coming

from a city of one million

to a community

of about 12,000,however

she said that was

a plus for her.

“I like that you get

to know so many people

and Quesnel is so

peaceful and safe,” she

said.

“In Campinas people

don’t go out at

night, especially teenaged

girls. There’s a lot

of conflict in Brazil.”

As she prepared for

her year-long Rotary

exchange, Giovana

said she didn’t set any

big goals.

Her first day at

school she admitted

she was shaking and

scared, however, once

she entered her home

room and found her

teacher was a Spanish

teacher (Giovana’s

native tongue is

Portugese but Spanish

is close enough

for communication)

and her first class was

theatre, her passion,

the 16-year-old never

looked back.

“I met the girl whose

now my best friend

and I’m enjoying

school,” she said.

The transition to

Quesnel was made easier

for Giovana as her

mother, for reasons

unknown to Giovana,

had placed her in

English classes at the

age of four years and

continued for 10 years,

her English is almost

flawless.

“I like how the English

language flows,”

she said with a smile.

Giovana says she’s

not experiencing

much homesickness

as she keeps very busy

and texts her parents

often. She is embracing

the exchange and

loving it.

“We all know how

good this experience

will be for me, so that

has helped me,” she

said.

As for her parents,

they also have an exchange

student staying

with them, in fact she’s

sleeping in Giovana’s

bed.

“She looks like me,

my age, my hair colour,

before I left for

Canada we spent a little

time together and

we were mistaken for

twins, so my parents

aren’t suffering,” she

said with a laugh.

Giovana is here until

sometime in July and

so far she’s pleased

with her accomplishments.

She was successful

in landing the

lead in the Spring Theatre

musical production

In the Heights,

has been achieving

good grades and

made many friends.

Although she hasn’t

made her post-secondary

plans, she hopes to

pursue a career in the

theatre.

“I hope to attend

university in Canada,

I like the style of

schooling here, even at

the high school level,”

she said.

Giovana’s loves her

current host family,

Julie Giesbrecht and

her husband and children.

“They are awesome,

the kids, the parents

the atmosphere.”

If she could provide

words of wisdom for

other students considering

the Rotary

Exchange program,

Giovana, with an instantly

enthusiastic

response said, “Do it.

It’s worth it. No matter

how scary, the cultural

experience takes

life to another level.”

No matter where life

takes Giovana she will

always love Quesnel.

“The community

opened its arms and

welcomed me like no

where else could. It

feels so familiar, like

I’ve lived her my whole

life.”

She also had high

praise for the Rotary

Exchange program.

“Rotary is great, the

organization has a different

way of sending

you on your exchange,

they make sure you

have a nice place to

stay and are always

checking to make sure

you’re doing okay. I

like how they manage

the exchange as a

whole.”

Since 1972, Quesnel

Rotary Student Exchange

program has

seen 31 students from

all over the world

spend a year in the

community and 31

Quesnel students

have travelled to other

countries for the same

experience.

The first exchange

was with Jeanette

Cox from Australia

in 1972 and in 1974

Karen Burley from

Quesnel spent a year

in Australia.

Quesnel Rotary

funds the yearlong

outbound international

exchange student program

every second year

and currently they are

accepting applications

from students in Grade

10 – 12 for the 2018-

2019 year.

Visit www.quesnelrotary.

com and like their

Facebook page.

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