World at her fingertips

Exchange student, Rebecca Wuersch, has called Cooma home for the past year and is set to return back to Switzerland in mid July. Photo: Tina Zunic

Exchange student, Rebecca Wuersch, has called Cooma home for the past year and is set to return back to Switzerland in mid July. Photo: Tina Zunic

EXCHANGE student from Switzerland, Rebecca Wuersch, has recently returned from a three week Australian "Safari" where she travelled around Australia with a group of international students.

The group were taken to beautiful destinations all around Australia such as Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and Byron Bay.

Rebecca has been on an Australian exchange with Rotary since July last year and is studying Year 12 at Monaro High School. She is currently staying with the Learoyd family in Cooma North, however she has stayed with a number of local families during her trip.

Rebecca found out about the Rotary Exchange program through a friend who had travelled to Tasmania from Switzerland.

"My brother had a friend who went on exchange with Rotary and he really enjoyed it so we did our research and applied," Rebecca said.

"I always knew I wanted to do an exchange, I just didn't know which country to go to. So when I heard about Australia I thought it was perfect."

One of the many things Rebecca has enjoyed from her time in Australia has been the regular sightings of animals.

"You have so many animals that just live freely around and I really enjoy that," Rebecca said.

"In Switzerland we have animals too, but you don't see them as regularly as here in Australia."

When asked what advice she would give to students wanting to do exchange, Rebecca only had one important tip.

"If you want to do an exchange program you have to be accepting of a lot of things. You can't say no because you're limiting your experience in that country.

"For me it was food that was the challenge. I had seafood for the first time in Australia. I tried oysters and mussels but didn't enjoy them too much. At least I can say I tried them now."

As for the future, Rebecca is interested in studying to become a nurse in another country.

"I want to move out of Switzerland but I'm not too sure where. It's been easy to come here to Australia on exchange but I don't know where I'll go next."

Rebecca will be heading back home to Switzerland in mid July.

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