Abigail Jurgens, a Grade 10 Holy Rosary High School student, is likely headed to Japan, Germany or Italy this summer as a year-long Rotary outbound exchange student. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
Abigail Jurgens, a Grade 10 student from Holy Rosary High School, will soon find out if she needs to buy a Kimono robe.
Jurgens has been selected as A Rotary Youth Exchange student with her first pick of countries being Japan, followed by Germany and Italy.
“I love the culture of Japan and I’d love to learn to speak Japanese,” she said before being introduced at a recent Rotary Club of Lloydminster lunch meeting wearing an outbound student label.
She said she hopes to be notified as to which country she will be going to within days.
Jurgens’ trip will be co-funded by both the Rotary Club of Lloydminster and the Border City Rotary Club.
“I’ll be going to a different country representing our Rotary clubs and I’ll be going to school in another country and I’ll be learning the language,” she said.
Wherever they send her, she will be living in a foreign country with a couple of different families while learning about the native culture.
“I’ll be leaving in August; I’m very excited,” she said.
“It will probably be awhile before I find out which town I am going to and more details like that.”
Jurgens said she applied to the exchange program through her school and then she went to the interview and was selected as an outbound student.
“My family isn’t affiliated with Rotary, but now I am,” she said.