In February, the Rotaract Club of Milwaukee held their first “Social in the City” with District 6270 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students.
RYE students from nine different countries living in Elkhorn, Oshkosh, Slinger, Kenosha, Ripon, Fond du Lac, Neenah, Mequon, and Sheboygan met up with Milwaukee Rotaract members at the Menomonee Valley branch of the Urban Ecology Center for an active morning of snowshoeing and interacting with resident reptiles. After working up a big appetite, the students convinced the “adult planners” that lunch at Culver’s was preferred to the original plan of a healthier lunch at Whole Foods -- it was also taken as a great indicator that the students were acclimating well to Wisconsin food favorites like cheese curds and custard.
After lunch, it was time for the “Skywaukee Tour,” a tour of Milwaukee via the skywalk system, provided by a very knowledgeable tour guide from Historic Milwaukee, Inc. Everyone enjoyed great views of the city while learning a lot about the early history of Milwaukee.
Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye and send the students back to their respective host families. Hugs all around, we promised to connect via Facebook and share pictures of our adventures together. Rotaract member Rahul Dubey said, “It was great to make a personal connection with the students; talking about their country and culture in a short span of time. In the end, it's all about loving & admiring each other as human beings.”
The Rotaract Club of Milwaukee hopes to make the “Social in the City” with RYE students an annual event.