Meet Emma PersadPhilipp Sander
Canada (D5060) – France (D1680)
Secretary and Treasurer
You always hear about how exchange students are an extended family, but you don’t truly realize how important the bond you share is until you find yourself halfway around the world starting a new life, or moreover, when you’re back in your home country trying to revert back to to your old one.
Rotexers are an invaluable resource to the Rotary Youth Exchange community given our first-hand experience with the program that goes beyond the teaching and advising that Rotarians can provide to students.
As a North American living full-time in Europe, I’ve been able to experience the different systems of Rotex establishment, the varying emphasis, trust, and support given to Rotex clubs, and the means of incorporation of Rotex into the Youth Exchange program in numerous countries all following very different systems. Despite the sheer size of the North American districts (not to mention the added complication of districts that span both Canada and the US), my dream for Rotex is to build up the Rotex program in North America in such a way that every district supports and encourages the formation of at least one Rotex club and strongly incorporates this knowledge bank and largely-overlooked resource into their Youth Exchange programs, thus creating stronger cohorts of Outbounds, Inbounds, and Rebounds and strengthening the future of Rotary. After all, nothing enhances experience better than experience.