Student eager for her year in Europe
Although Zoe Clothier is dreading having to try a slice of horse meat, she can’t wait to experience a white Christmas and buy a pair of wooden clogs.
Miss Clothier has been selected for the 2012 Rotary Youth Exchange programme and will live in Texel, Netherlands for 2012.
The 17 year old is leaving on January 19 and is excited to experience a new culture and complete her final year of secondary school there.
‘‘ Apparently they eat horse meat over there, which is just weird,’’ she said. ‘‘ But it is going to be a really cool experience and I hope to be able to travel around Europe while I’m there.’’
On the way there, she and about 20 other Rotary exchange students from New Zealand will stop off in Los Angeles for three days for an orientation course before going to their separate countries.
‘‘While I’m at Texel, I will stay with four different host families over the course of the year so I can experience their culture fully and learn the Dutch language,’’ she said. ‘‘I think school will be a bit different than Matamata College.
‘‘We wear no uniform there and it is longer hours. I am hoping to get into the arts while at school there because I love painting.’’
Miss Clothier was selected for the exchange after she applied to Matamata Rotary earlier in the year and went through and interview selection process.
Every year Rotary in New Zealand send youths on an exchange to give them an insight into a new way of living while learning a thing or too about themselves. As an ambassador for Rotary, Miss Clothier has to attend meetings in the Netherlands and get involved in their programme, and she hopes that by getting a bit of life experience it may help her decide what career path she wants to take after school.
But until she leaves, she is busy raising money to cover costs.
Last week she held a quiz night at the Oxford Royal Hotel and on January 8 she is holding an Elvis Presley afternoon at the Hotel with raffles, entertainment and nibbles.