Gaëlle Ibargüen has had an exciting 12 months on Rotary Student Exchange in New Zealand - she has been hosted by 3 families in Tawa Rotary during her stay and studied at Tawa College.
Gaëlle spoke to Tawa Rotary on 20 June about her experience on Rotary Exchange since she had last updated the Club in February. Her 3 host families for the year attended the meeting. Shona Heyward was presented with a beautiful bunch of flowers in appreciation for her significant role as liaison for the 12 month Student Exchange.
Pictured from the left - back row: Richard and Margaret Herbert, Mark Carroll, Tony Heyward; middle row: Shona Heyward, Rita Carroll, Gaylene Lines; front row: Gaëlle Ibargüen.
Gaëlle has returned to her home in Belgium on Saturday 24 June, after singing at a successful Concert fundraiser for foodbank on the Friday. She intends to study Engineering and Architecture at university.
On Tuesday 14 February 2017, Tawa Rotary welcomed our exchange student from Belgium, Gaëlle Ibargüen to provide an update on her recent activities. Gaelle arrived in Tawa in July last year and attends Tawa College.
Gaëlle joined other Rotary exchange students in November for a tour of the South Island. Unfortunately the Kaikoura earthquake struck the night before the tour was due to begin so the planned road trip to Christchurch could not take place but alternative travel was arranged within a short time. Gaëlle showed a range of photographs taken during her South Island adventure, including a bungy jump and helicopter ride.
Club member Gaylene Lines took Gaëlle around the North Island, and further photos from this trip were shown.
Gaëlle finished her address by singing a couple of well known songs, accompanied by President Andrew Watson on the guitar. A video was published, with Gaëlle's permission, on Tawa Rotary's facebook page.