2013 Princeton Youth Ambassador and 2014 graduate of Princeton Secondary School, Destiny Earle is on her way to Peru for the next year as a participant in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
Destiny, who is “a social butterfly” who, “loves to explore,” participated in the OSEF Exchange Program in 2012 which took her to France. She actually had two stays in France.
With the first family, the experience was a rough one and she had to “learn to either sink or swim.” Destiny chose to swim—she made class changes and a whole new group of friends. “When times are hard, you just stand on your feet and keep going,” she said. Destiny was invited back to spend two and a half months with a new family (the Chenot Family) who showed her “the true France” and with whom she is very close to.
During her graduation year, Destiny heard about the Rotary Exchange Program and decided to apply. With full support from her parents, April and Jason Earle, Destiny went through the application process, the interview process with the Princeton Rotary Club, and then she and her parents were interviewed by a board of Rotarians in Kelowna.
Two weeks after that interview, Destiny received the news that she had been chosen and was accepted to go to Peru for her exchange. She begins her exchange by flying to Arequipa, Peru on July 27 and then immediately begins a language course on July 28. She has been preparing for the exchange by taking Spanish lessons from local gentleman, Franc Ogrinc.
Destiny will live in Peru for the next 11 months, on a Student Visa. She will attend grade 12 and possibly, first year university classes. During her time there she will live with three or four host families.
She will participate in Rotary District 4455, meetings, presentations and conventions (along with 50 other Rotary students from around the world.) As a true Canadian patriot and ambassador, Destiny will be a “walking Canadian flag, I’m totally outfitted,” she exclaimed.
Destiny has a blogsite that she will update regularly to keep family and friends informed as to how she is doing and what adventures she is having. Blog site: vaqueraenperu2014.wordpress.com (Meaning: the Cowgirl in Peru)
She will also maintain contact and provide the Princeton Rotary Club with regular reports during her time away.
Long term plans for Destiny include both language and travel. She believes that she will end up as either a travel guide or possibly an embassy translator. For now though, she is looking forward to the next, “exciting and totally different” year ahead of her.
Though she is “a bit nervous, not bad though,” Destiny is excited and ready to go.
“I want to go and take it all in—whatever comes my way, it’s going to be fantastic.”