Marie Witzel, our Rotary Youth Exchange student, talked to the club about her family and her hobbies, which include hip hop dancing, bouldering and playing the piano. 
 
She lives in Graz in Austria and she described those things Austria is known for - it's famous people (Mozart, Niki Lauda), iconic brands (Red Bull, Sound of Music),  typical food (wiener schnitzel, sachertorte) and the beautiful sights to which tourists flock.
 
In Austria, the schooling experience is very different, with her school day starting at 7.20 am and afternoons free for homework or extra curricular activities.  She studies 14 subjects compared to the 6 here in New Zealand.
Marie joined the Rotary Youth Exchange Programme to build her self confidence, get out of her comfort zone and experience new ways of life.  We hope she thoroughly enjoys her time in New Zealand.