Youth Experiences Abroad: Germany (Aired on August 17 and 18, 2019)

RadioRotary co-hosts Sarah O’Connell–Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview
Millbrook High School student Joe Richard about his year spent in Germany as
part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Participants are generally high-
school students and are sponsored by a Rotary Club to spend a school year
abroad in a country with a different language from their native tongue, living with
local families and attending a local school. Mr. Richard lived with three different
families and attended school in Lüneburg, Germany, a small city 35 miles
southeast of Hamburg. Mr. Richard, who plays the tenor saxophone, not only
joined his school’s big swing band, but also became a part of several local
ensembles, helping him assimilate as he also learned German, his coursework,
and the customs of Germany.

Learn more:
Rotary Youth Exchange: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
Lüneburg, Germany: https://wikitravel.org/en/Lüneburg
Millbrook Rotary (sponsor of Joe Richard): https://millbrookrotary.org

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September 16, 2019 · Posted in Education, International Exchanges, Travel, Youth  

Older Peace Corps Volunteer (Aired on June 15 and 16, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Kathy Sanderson, who decided at age 61 to join the
Peace Corps after she became a widow “and the children left and the dog died.”
After preliminary training, Ms. Sanderson was stationed on the island of Vanua
Lava, among the larger of the 82 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu in
the South Pacific, a 3-hour airplane trip west of Australia. Having been a
mathematics teacher in the United State, Ms. Sanderson’s assignment was to
teach arithmetic and algebra to about 200 middle-school students. Vanuatu is
part of the British Commonwealth, so classes were in English, although students
also spoke a form of pidgin English among themselves. Although she loved her
students, the actual school was not in very good shape and there were also local
hazards, such as centipedes and spiders. Because electricity was on and off, she
became used to rising at dawn and going to bed at sunset. A fascinating program
that may make you want to sign up for the Peace Corps, whatever your age.

Learn more:
Peace Corps Opportunities: https://www.peacecorps.gov/
Vanuatu: http://thecommonwealth.org/our-member-countries/vanuatu
Life on Vanua Lava where Kathy Taught: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6fxuecfr38

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June 28, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Education, International Programs, Travel, Volunteers  

Video Explorations of the Hudson Valley (Aired On January 12 & 13, 2019)

Seth Collegrave is a young composter and videographer who has been
developing multimedia presentations of the history and prominent landmarks in
the Hudson Valley. Having grown up in the lower Hudson Valley, he came to
appreciate how important the region has been in US history. After studying
composition and media at the Berkley School of Music in Boston and a brief
period working in Los Angeles, Mr. Collegrave returned to his native territory
where he formed Empire Explorer to produce short Facebook, Instagram, and
YouTube features of the regions historic buildings. Listen as Sarah O’Connell-
Claitor and Jonah Triebwasser interview Mr. Collegrave about his work and his
explorations of the Hudson Valley.

Learn more:
Empire Explorer: http://www.empireexplorer.com/
Empire Explorer on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/empireexplorer/
Empire Explorer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/empireexplorer/
Empire Explorer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-G0SiKvvxTwNjwvuC17rhA

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January 19, 2019 · Posted in History, Hudson Valley, Travel  

Fitfeet Adventures (Aired on August 19, and 20, 2017)

Adventures and Running with FitFeet (Aired on August 19 and 20, 2017)
RadioRotary interviews Kyle Irwin, who went from the Peace Corps and a career in microfinance to found FitFeet Adventures, a unique Rhinebeck-based corporation that focuses on the environment, philanthropy, and running and hiking for everyone from individuals to groups. Locally FitFeet runs 5K races, 10K races, and full and half marathons to support various local and national charities, including a 2017 walk-or-run at Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. The “adventures” part comes with specially designed tours of Peru, Chile, and Argentina, some incorporating major races in Patagonia. The Explore Peru Teen Adventure combines language immersion, volunteer work for charities, visits to cultural sites, and a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. By partnering with nonprofits such as Awamaki, which helps women and rural families in a Peruvian Village lift themselves out of poverty, and the Rainbow Children Foundation, FitFeet Adventures is far more than just a specialized travel agency.

Learn more:
FitFeet Adventures
Awamaki
Patagonian International Marathon
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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August 22, 2017 · Posted in Education, Events, Hudson Valley, International Programs, Travel, Youth  

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