Twenty-two exchange students came to Nakusp from all over Rotary District 5080 for the Remembrance Day weekend. These students from Italy, France, Brazil, Japan, Chile, Taiwan, Mexico, Ecuador, Australia and Turkey are spending one school year in our District which stretches from Golden, B.C. to the Oregon border, northern Idaho and eastern Washington States.
The Kootenay Retreat was organized by Nakusp Rotary President Bill Tobey and offered a chance for the students to interact with each other as well as enjoy our part of the world. They took part in many activities: yoga, by instructor Terri McLeod; an introduction to curling by Earl Frerichs, Charlie Granewall and Gene Nagy (none of the students had ever curled before); a visit to the Nakusp Hot Springs; a full morning of Parkour with group leader Michael Garvey.
On Monday, the exchange students took part in the Remembrance Day ceremonies, marching to the cenotaph. This was a highlight for both the students and the Nakusp Legion, who took them under their wing.
The students spent all three nights in the Nakusp High School gym and were warmly welcomed by the Nakusp Secondary School Interact Club members. Lunches and dinners were prepared under the guidance of Christina Barisoff, with a potluck dinner on Monday night at the Seniors Hall.