Rotary Exchange Students Take on Volunteer Project at Sequoia Park Zoo
June 12, 2012 —This Saturday, June 16, Rotary International Youth Exchange students from 17 countries will come together at Sequoia Park Zoo to participate in a Volunteer Day in response to a request by local Rotarians involved in the Youth Exchange program.
“As a member of the Rotary Club of Arcata, I am doubly pleased to welcome youth exchange students to the Zoo,” says Chuck Dominick, President of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation. “Volunteers are so valuable to the Zoo, and it’s a great experience for the students as they approach the end of their year on the North Coast.”
The students will assist in landscaping and other necessary maintenance work to keep the zoo looking spiffy over the summer. Members of Rotary’s Youth Exchange committee and other local Rotarians involved in the youth exchange program will also be on hand.
The students, aged 17-19, hail from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand. They have been studying at local high schools from Sebastopol to Crescent City, and will be joined by local high school classmates who have been selected by Rotary to study abroad in the 2012-2013 school year.
The Rotary International Youth Exchange Program has over the past 30 years sponsored more than 8,000 students from 80 countries every year to experience life in another country. Local participating Rotary Clubs include Arcata, Arcata Sunrise, Eureka, Old Town Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, and Fortuna Sunrise.
Sequoia Park Zoo connects the community with animals to inspire wonder, understanding and conservation of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is located at 3414 W St. in Eureka.
Contact: Gretchen Ziegler
Phone: (707) 441-4227
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