Foreign exchange

The exchange students enjoy the sports.
The exchange students enjoy the sports.

Two students from Poland and Italy took part in a successful exchange programme thanks to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Krzystzof Komor and Alessandro Cellini stayed with Craig Webber and Marion Ainsley from the Rotary Club of Rugby Saturday Breakfast.

The scheme is a leadership development programme run by Rotary and while participants can be any age, most events focus on secondary school students, university students, or young professionals.

RYLA events are typically three to 10 days long and include presentations, activities and workshops that cover a variety of topics, including leadership fundamentals and ethics; communication skills; problem solving and conflict management and community and global citizenship.

Krzystzof was sponsored by Club Warszawa Frederyk Chopin from Warsaw in Poland while Alessandro was sponsored by the Rotary Garbagnate Groane, Italy.

They attended a residential course at the Moreton Morrell branch of Warwickshire College at the end of last month, which involved 12 students from nine different countries.

It was sports based, with a daily self defence/martial arts session, football, softball, badminton and basketball.

There was also a hike and a cross country obstacle course, and visits to Leamington and Stratford, on which the teams based ‘tourist’ presentations, given to a Rotary audience.

There were also formal and informal discussion and interview sessions and students got a certificate at the end of the course, presented by the Rotary District governor.

Krzystzof said: “I found the whole experience very beneficial.

“It was good to be able to sample sports that I would not usually have considered.”

He added: “I also enjoyed learning about different cultures and customs from the other students.”