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“Exchange isn’t a year in your life; it’s a life in a year”
My name is Rosanna Vaitl.  I am 15 years old and spent the year 2015 in Australia at Yeppoon State High School as an exchange student. 
My time in Australia gave me many different opportunities to develop my personal skills and to challenge myself.  I learned how to build furniture and I’ve been to Uluru, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. I went surfing, played many different sports at school and got awards for my effort, behaviour and sports. 
The school staff supported me in every single possible way.  When I had to change homestay family, they helped me a lot.  Kelly planned heaps of different activities on the weekends with us international students like surfing, laser skirmish in the bush and a sailing trip from Mackay to Rosslyn Bay.  In this sailing trip we saw many whales which came very close to the boat. We went swimming at beautiful islands and learned how to sail the boat ourselves.
Yeppoon is a small town, but it taught me to appreciate everything I have back in Germany.  My host family gave me a beautiful home and lots of love. I could have not wished for a better one.  It was not easy all the time, but I grew in every single day that challenged me. 
All in all, I’ve had an amazing time in Australia and it made me into a different person.
Rossana Vaitl
 
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