Dear Rotarians,
Dear Friends,
 
On Wednesday the 06th of April we had the pleasure to welcome a lot of guest, friends and members of other Rotarian Clubs.
Our speaker this time, were unusually more than 3 persons. In general we have one speaker about one topic, but this time we had different speaker with different topics but all in the same sphere of education and exchange of the youth.
 
The intial topic was a about the long-term relationship between the Lohbruegge Gymnasium in Hamburg and the School 72 in St. Petersburg. The bond already lasts for more than 15 years. 
Elke Hertel, Uschi Wegehenkel and Nina Ruschteva as our guest speakers, shared their experiences and knowledge about the exchange program between both schools and lessons learned.
During the exchange program pupils can attend internships in companies on the spot. Hence, Russian exchange pupils receive a deep insight in one company in Germany and vice versa. 
For more than 5 years, the Chamber of Commerce of Hamburg in St. Petersburg, with our member and past president Gabriele Kötzschau as head of the chamber, has been supporting the partnership with finding respective internship places for the pupils.
The exchange program foresees the exchange of 12 pupils to Germany and 12 pupils to Russia.
In the year 2016 the focus of internships is lying on the subject of Ecology.
 
Furthermore we had Mr. Michael Koops as another speaker, presenting an interesting school project in Silicon Valley in America.
Michael supports the idea of such exchange programs and would like to establish something similar between the American school, where he will be Director, and a school in St. Petersburg.
 
Everybody agreed that exchange programs of the youth are important and necessary. Such programs ensure the decrease of stereo types, support a common international understanding and develop the character of the young individual.
In this regards our friends from the Rotary Club White Nights brought their Rotarian exchange students (US, Mexico, Belgium) with them and the young force told about the impact of the current exchange experience on their personal life.
The positive feedback from the target group, only shows that we have to conduct even more such events and possibilities to make the world a bit better tomorrow. 
 
We are looking forward to seeing you on the 13.04.2016.