“Kate” on Exchange in Denmark

It has been over 10 weeks since I arrived in Denmark, and yet every single day I still think to myself; WOW. My family, my counsellor, my Danish friends, and the other exchange students are some of the most fantastic and helpful people I have ever met. I am still living with my first host family, and I am so sad to be leaving them next week. They have been outstanding at helping me through periods of homesickness, tiredness, and illness. I know they are people I will keep in touch with for a long time to come.

In Denmark, there are over 150 exchange students at any one time. The group that is currently here are fantastic. I’m not lying when I say that they are like real brothers and sisters to me! The bond that we have formed is already so strong, because we are all in the same boat and are going through the same things. My oldies have helped me so much to feel welcomed. Whenever there is a problem with anything, I know all I have to do is call them and they will be there for me. That is one of the things I love most about Rotary, especially in Denmark; the support network. Without it, I would feel so lost sometimes.

Denmark is great also in a geographical sense; it is so small that there is always someone literally around the corner! There are over 10 exchange students within a 5km radius of me, which is so nice. The public transport in Denmark is fantastic also, and makes it very easy to visit people on the other side of the country (only 3 hours away!).

I am so thankful for being given this opportunity, because it has been amazing so far and I know it will only get better. Thankyou to everyone in Australia and also in Denmark who have made this year possible.