May 012016

We would like to thank the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club for sponsoring Josie Engleman. She is enjoying her exchange in France this year! Josie is 16 years old and is from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. She is having the time of her life in France. We want to thank Comminges (St-Gaudens-Luchon) Rotary Club for hosting Josie! Below is a letter from Josie explaining how much fun she is having in France:

Hello everyone,


My name is Josie Engelman and for my exchange I am living in France. It’s been about 7 1/2 months now in my host country and without a doubt, my life couldn’t be any better. Now that spring has come around and it’s warmer outside everyone is a lot happier. Our moods here in France really change with the weather. With all that being said, our high school year is about to finish up and that’s something really sad to think about. Right now I feel so close to my class in school, and I communicate well in my host language and my host Rotary club has been so excellent to me, and it’s difficult to think that that all has an expiration date. I would say that there have been so many good things this year but there are 3 or 4 things that really stand out in my mind.


Number one: I realized what I want to do with my life in terms of a job. My first choice would be to be an interpreter between French and English. My second choice would be to work in the hotel and restaurant business. So now I aspire to reach these two goals in my life and having an idea to work off of really helps!


Number two: I have crossed so many things off of my bucket list at the age of only 16. With the help of Rotarians and my host families I have seen so many incredible sights in Europe that I had only ever dreamed of seeing. I’ve visited prehistoric caves, I’ve seen some of the most important religious sights on Earth, skied on beautiful mountain tops, walked on medieval grounds and experienced so many crazy things that I thought I would never do. All of this has made me take a look at my life and really reflect on how lucky I am to have such a wonderful opportunity.


Number three: I have learned the true meaning of friendship. Someone who is willing to take you in, knowing that it won’t be easy to communicate at first, but sticks with you still, can be considered a best friend. I just so happen to have stumbled across the right people in this world. My best friend Loanne took me in the first day of school and now I don’t know how I’ll be able to leave her. Our friendship has grown so much and it will be a hard day leaving this country. Below is a picture of my best friend, Loanne.


Well there’s just a short sum up of my life right now! I must say I can’t complain, life is good! Now I’ll be making the most of my time here with my school friends, exchange friends and host families.

Sincerely, your  friend


Josie Engleman





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