Victor-Farmington Rotary Club exchange student Gaurav Deepak Revankar recently completed his year at Victor Senior High School and left for home in India.
Revankar spoke to the club at a recent meeting featuring a slide presentation of his year as an exchange student. He discussed his travels, activities and memories from his exchange student experience.
When asked what he liked best about his year, he said the organized trip to New York City for Rotary exchange students and the periodic weekend programs arranged for the youth exchange students.
Revankar answered numerous questions from the Rotarians — he loved everything about his year, he wants his mom to make chicken wings when he returns to India and his favorite amusement park was Busch Gardens in Williamsburg.
When he was asked about his favorite memories from the year, he said his trip to Niagara Falls and a ride on the Maid of the Mist; singing “Sweet Caroline” at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park; making a cricket bat with host dad Bruce Chapman; his trip to Toronto and CN Tower; VSHS’s senior prom with his friend, Mercedes, a Rotary exchange student from Spain; and the friendships he developed with other Rotary exchange students from around the world.
Other memories included his exposure to IndyCar racing at Watkins Glen, Victor-Farmington Rotary’s Christmas party for exchange students, a ski weekend hosted by Avon Rotary Club and a visit to WHAM-TV in Rochester hosted by Rotary Past District Gov. Don Alhart.
Revankar said he enjoyed his experiences at VSHS, where he actively participated in sports programs, especially the swim team.
He thanked the club for hosting him during the past year, and ended his presentation with, “It was a great year.”
Victor–Farmington Rotarians went with Revankar to Greater Rochester International Airport and wished him a safe trip home. The club will welcome a new Rotary exchange student from Italy, Claudia, in August to start her year at VSHS.
The club’s outbound student, Carli Vanmaaren, of Farmington, will return from Denmark in July.
The Rotary Youth Exchange program is open to students ages 15-19 and involves Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. It is an opportunity for students nearing high school graduation or who recently graduated to spend a year abroad in a foreign high school and secure the cultural and educational opportunities that come from such an experience.
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