sábado, julio 23, 2011

"The beginning of my exchange"

My adventure started from my entry to a private school.
There I met a guy named Torfin, who lived in México for the year I was studying my first year

This guy told me about the Rotary exchange. 
After several talks with him about the exchange, I took the initiative to make an appointment with his Mexican Rotary parents, who talked with my parents and told them a little bit about the exchange. 

They contacted me with my district 4190. I went tor the first meeting to discuss the exchange, and my mom thought that I would be an small explanation about the exchange, but when we arrived, we realized that many people were already looking for the exchange. 

Many meetings later, it was time to start the paperwork necessary for my exchange, paperwork that my mom didn't help me because she works.. but I finished all that the best way.

In this paperwork had to put a number of important documents (birth certificates, school grades, medical charts, etc.) I had to write a letter in English about me and my family, as well as my family wrote one about me , fill data, and choose from 15 different countries ... sort them by preference,of which I remember was, Turkey, France, Australia, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Taiwan, Belgium ... those are the ones that I remember

As Rotary International is a worldwide organization of volunteer leaders from all areas. We formed the first Interact club in Veracruz.
Interact is an independent group, Rotary clubs do social work to help the community. My group and I had lot to do, we went to recycling, helping old adults... and stuff like that.

Now it was time to study for the test that "depend on" the country to which I go. Study about Rotary History, Geography, Mexico History and English were the topics.
It wasn't hard at all, long.. but not hard... After nearly 5 hours between the history exam, break, review of Rotary, another break, test in English, rest and 2 interviews, one  to me and one to my parents, the testing day ended

By 26 March 2011, I had my first look at what is Rotary, because I went to the RYLA ("Rotary Youth Exchange Awards" that is like a camp, with all the out-bounds in the district), we all were nervous about what were going to happen. 2 Days before this, my club told me that they were going to tell us about the country at the end of the camp (that was not true). The camp was GREAT. I made new friends, met people, had fun.. because it was perfect.

Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 8:45:48pm and after saw that everyone were getting their countries... I got a mail, where said... 

Hello Alfonso the time you've been waiting has come, I inform you that the chairwoman has given you TURKEY as your destiny!. This is going to be a unique experience and I invite you to get ready for this journey, search what you can about your host country, enjoy and put in he sky the name of Mexico. Congratulations!
And I was like OMG... because I didn't know anything about Turkey.. so I freaked out... But I started to search about there, and found out that It has lot of history, culture, and great places!
Right now I LOVE Turkey...

After the letter came, I waited for any news about my District or host family. 
Then after look for the Exchange Student group in facebook, Fernanda(a girl that is going to turkey too) and I made the "Rotary Youth Exchange Turkey 2011- 2012" group, where by the time, we've been talking alot, I like to help them in everything I can, and we are like a family(: 

Then I got an inbox where said. 

I'm host mum ...we are waiting to you :))))))))

And I got like crazy as never before... I was in the school and I jumped up and screamed "SHE'S MY HOST MOM!"
And everybody went like "what?".. and I told'em she contacted me.

After that my turkish family and I started writing each other, and some skype too. They are soooooooo nice with me...

They are Mert Korur (my dad), Özlem Bilgili (my mom), Melike Korur (my sister going to canada) and Ömer Korur. 

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