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Montana Foreign Exchange Students Spend Weekend in Townsend

Submitted by vsample on Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:54

Four Montana-based Rotary Youth Exchange Program students spent the St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Townsend (see attached photos). Every year Beth Ihle and the Rotary Club of Townsend invite Montana Rotary Foreign Exchange Program students to spend a weekend in Townsend. This year the event was planned and hosted with the help of the newly formed Broadwater High School (BHS) Rotary Interact Club.

The students spent the weekend visiting with each other and the Townsend students. Some toured the glass blowing shop at Goose Bay Glass. On Saturday night they attended the Community Dance held at the Heffner Ranch Barn sponsored by the BHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) Club. At the dance they learned how to dance American style jitterbug and line dances. The Montana students got to try dancing to some Brazilian salsa music.

The event is always popular with the Montana-based foreign exchange students who only get to see other two to three times a year during their one-year stay in Montana.

About Interact

Interact Clubs gives students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Clubs are sponsored by their local Rotary club and help young people: connect with community leaders, develop leadership skills, make international connections, and discover more opportunities to connect with Rotary. From attending international events to joining a Rotary Youth Exchange, you’ll find a variety of ways to connect globally through Interact.

About Youth Exchange

Help young people explore new cultures and customs by encouraging their participation in a Rotary Youth Exchange. Students can choose between a short term or long term exchange. It’s a powerful way to promote global understanding and peace. For more information, visit Rotary.


Contacts: Patrick Plantenberg (431-4615/


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