Milton-Windward Rotary President Mike Swago wishes Brazilian exchange student Luma Karling Moreschi goodbye after spending a year with the Rotary Club. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2014MILTON, Ga. Saying goodbye can be hard to do. Every year, Rotary Clubs host students from around the world in the U.S. to live and learn about American culture. For the Milton-Windward Rotary Club, they said a tearful goodbye April 21 to their student.
At their regular Monday meeting, held at the Windward Marriott Hotel, Luma Karling Moreschi of Brazil gave the group a recap of her year spent in the country thanks to support from Rotarians. This was part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP).
"People said this [year in America] would be the best year of my life. But how would it be if I'm not with my family and friends?" Moreschi said, wearing a scarf in the colors of the U.S. flag. "But it turned out OK."
She was able to communicate with family and friends thanks to online programs, such as Skype.
"My mother says we were never so close," Moreschi said. "I felt loved. I had incredible host families."
She spent her year attending Georgia State studying English and linguistics.
Like many from other countries, Moreschi only knew America through TV or the news.
"GRSP is about international understanding," she said.
She learned about Thanksgiving, Halloween, s'mores and American football on her travels throughout the country, stopping in cities such as New York and Washington, D.C.
She had never seen snow until she came to the U.S. A Rotarian took her to Minnesota during the winter and now she says, "I've seen enough snow for the rest of my life."
"After this year, I will never be able to pay Rotary back for all it has given me," she said. "There is no way to thank you enough."
"Hopefully her stay has been fruitful and she learned about America and our culture," said Milton-Windward Rotary President Mike Swago.
For more about the Milton-Windward Rotary, visit www.clubrunner.ca/windward.
Editor, Milton Herald