Stu­dent ea­ger for her year in Europe

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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