Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Halton graduand Lane Crawford going to Germany on Rotary Club exchange

Umzug nach Deutschland: Lane Crawford
C. Davis photo
Chris Davis, Pincher Creek Voice

Matthew Halton School graduand Lane Crawford is packing his bags for Germany, with the help of the Rotary Club Youth Exchange program.  "We pay for part, Rotary pays for part," he explained.

"I finished, today was my last day," he said Monday, June 24 of his schooling here in Pincher Creek.  Although he will be graduating High School here, he'll be back behind a desk again next semester as part of the program.  "I just go to school.  I do grade 12 again, but the marks don't really matter.  I'm there to meet people my age. I'll just travel around, and learn the culture."

Crawford said Rotary chose Germany for him. "They did a little interview and decided that was the best place for me.  I'm not sure how many countries there were that they could send me to."

Rotary exchange student Iris Wang spent part of her Pincher Creek year with the Crawford family.

"I've always wanted to travel.  get to know people, someone to look to if I need help."

"I'll be leaving my friends, and that'll be tough."

Crawford said he would probably be gone for about a year.  He's looking forward to the experience.  "Oh yeah, it's going to be good.  I've been looking forward to it for a while.  I don't think it's quite clicked in yet."

Crawford is 17 years old, turning 18 this September.  He's lived in Pincher Creek his whole life, he's been very active in sports here, notably in Rugby, Hockey, and Football, and his favourite subject is Chemistry.  He anticipates this experience as a chance to sort out what he wants to do next.  "I was kinda thinking about going to SAIT, but I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to take there."

"If they have rugby, I'll play that.  If not, I'll just take the year off.  I've never had a year off of sports."

He believes that he will be staying with three different host families during his time abroad.

"I fly into Hamburg and my first family is in a small town called  Eggstedt.  It's not very big at all.  I think there's 800 people.  Then I go to school in a bigger town called Meldorf."

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