Going into a four-week lock-down due to a world pandemic is not something any of us would ever have imagined doing, least of all our group of seven Inbound RYE students. But heck are we proud of the way these young ambassadors have conducted themselves during this challenging time.
D9920 is currently hosting seven delightful young ambassadors, two from France and one each from the Netherlands, Denmark, Chile, Austria and Germany. Weighting up the pros and cons of “should I stay, or should I do?” and in constant consultation with their families and Rotary advisors here and at home, our Awesome Inbounds have all elected (for now) to stay here.
The RYE D9920 Committee have been working hard in the wings to ensure all seven of our Inbound RYE students have clear communication on the continully changing situation and are safe.  But we would like to extend profuse thanks to all our Inbound hosting Rotary Clubs:  Pakurunga, Papakura, Waiheke Island, Tuakau, Pukekohe, Newmarket and Drury. Each of these clubs has reiterated their commitment to supporting their student and ensured all current host families are happy to continue hosting, despite these very unusual circumstances. Rotary at its very best, in action, right here in our District!
To their credit, our Inbounds have remained incredibly positive about the complete change to their everyday “norm”. They are currently keeping on their toes with twice-weekly Zoom meetings combining connection, fun and a bit of Rotary-refinement as they take turns to deliver their Presentations, for practise and peer critique.
If your club would like to feature some great online speakers – please consider booking one or a pair of our Awesome Inbounds to present to you. They can present their PowerPoint presentations showing where they are from and are always keen to share their experience on exchange so far, answers questions and chat!  Please email me (RYE Inbound Coordinator) if you would like to book any of enthusiastic young ambassordors as speakers.