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Jaelyn and Susan Tuck visited a meeting of the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake shortly before Jaelyn left for Brazil.
Friday, October 4, 2013
Staunton River High School student Jaelyn Tuck, 16, of Moneta left for Curitiba, Brazil on Sept. 16 to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
The program, managed through Eastern States Student Exchange, requires applicants to pay their own expenses, which can run as much as $5,000. Students live with members of the Rotary Club in the host country, receive a small stipend and pay no fees to attend school.
Jaelyn and her mother, Susan Tuck, helped raise the necessary funds by organizing a golf tournament. The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake and its members also pitched in to help with the overall expenses.
The Rotary District that includes Curitiba provides extra language classes for foreign students. Jaelyn will be hosted by and be part of two or three different families of Rotarians during the school year.
The program gives students an opportunity to learn about a different culture and to make new friends. Jaelyn, a soccer player, is excited that Brazil will host the World Soccer Cup in 2014. Curitiba, a city with a population of 1.8 million, will be one of the host cities.
Bedford or Franklin county students interested in the program should submit an application as soon as possible, but before December,
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