The Rotary Club of Dawson County recently selected Dawson County High School junior Bronwynne Hill as this year's Rotary Youth Exchange student.
Hill is the president of the high school's Interact Club and said she looks forward to spending three weeks this summer with a host family abroad.
"I want to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange because it is an opportunity of a lifetime to learn and truly experience another culture," Hill said.
She is currently waiting to find out what country she will visit.
Hill's parents, David and Amanda Yenerall, will serve as the host family for the foreign student she will share the experience with.
"She will make new lifelong friends. She will see a new part of the world and truly experience a new way of life," her mom said. "She will have a learning experience for a lifetime...a sister country to love. Particularly given the state of current affairs, we want Bronwynne to be a citizen of the world because we are all in this together."
Rotary Club President Michele Hester said Bronwynne is the ideal candidate for the youth exchange.
"Even before Bronwynne joined Interact, she could always be found volunteering not only with our club service projects, but also throughout our community," she said. "She continuously demonstrates Rotary's Service Above Self mentality. We are proud to sponsor her on this wonderful adventure."
Youth Exchanges vary in length, group size and theme, depending on the host country and the structure of the exchange. Each part of the exchange will last about three weeks for a total commitment of six weeks during the summer.
Students are accepted following a highly competitive application process. Families must also complete interviews, go through a home inspection and pass a background screening.
Basic food and lodging expenses are provided, though students are responsible for program fees, airfare and medical insurance, which can range from $1,500 to $2,000 depending on the destination, as well as any additional entertainment and emergency funding based on their parents' discretion.
"We're excited that Bronwynne has this opportunity," her mom said.
Past Rotary Youth Exchange programs included travels to Germany's Black Forest region, northern Italy's Lake District, Latvia, Philippines, Denmark, Sweden and Spain, though countries vary from year to year.
The District 6910 Youth Exchange Program is open to students ages 15 to 19 who live or attend school in the district, which includes 65 clubs and more than 2,000 members in the North Georgia.