Rotary redirects exchange program


The Rotary Club of Saipan will welcome its last batch of exchange students from Tokyo, Hachiko Yoshi South this Sunday.

At the Rotary Club of Saipan meeting at the Hyatt Regency Saipan’s Giovanni Restaurant last Tuesday, Rotary president-elect Greg Borja said the club will be receiving the last two Rotary Interact students from the Rotary Club of Tokyo Hachiko Yoshi South. That is, except if the Saipan club renews the program with the Tokyo club.

In its place, Borja said the Rotary Club of Saipan has already established an exchange program with the Rotary Club of Guam.

This Sunday, April 1, two students from the Interact Club in Tokyo Hachiko Yoshi South will arrive on Saipan and will stay for six days.

Borja said the students will be set up with the other Interact club here on Saipan. The Interact is the Rotary Club’s youth program.

“We are working with students in [the local] Interact Club to basically be goodwill ambassadors. They’ll bring them to the schools and they’ll share classes with them while they’re here to give them an experience of going to school here on Saipan,” he said.

The students will spend one day at the Saipan International School, one day at Marianas High School, one day at Kagman High School, and one day at Saipan Southern High School.

“We also have some plans to have some sightseeing with the students,” he said.

Borja said the exchange program is intended to give students from other Rotary clubs a sense of the Saipan culture.

According to Borja, this is the third exchange that the Rotary Club of Saipan has had with the Rotary Club of Hachiko Yoshi South.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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