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Rotary Club helps Grammar pupil experience Japanese culture in youth exchange scheme

Steven Small, his son, Jason and Japanese student Taiga Kyondo shared their experience

The Rotary Club of Lanark welcomed Lanark Grammar pupil Jason Small to a recent meeting to learn more about his experience in Japan as part of the Rotary Club’s international youth exchange programme.

The initiative allows secondary school students to take part in a three-week reciprocal exchange, where they visit a country of their choice and live with a local family, before hosting their partner back home.

The aim of the exchange is to allow children to learn a new language, experience a different way of life and culture, with the aim of promoting global understanding and peace.

Jason was joined by his father, Steven, and Taiga Kyodo who was visiting from Osaka, Japan as part of the project.

Jason gave a brief resume of his visit which included attending a Japanese high school, attending the local Rotary Club, experiencing the city of Kyoto and even visiting a Buddhist mountain retreat.
He felt the visit had not only enhanced his organisational skills but improved his confidence.

The club then presented Taiga with some Scottish and Lanark mementos and hoped that he would enjoy his visit and the various activities that the Small family had organised for him.