For 75 years the Rotary Student Exchange program has provided high school seniors with the opportunity to broaden their horizons, see different cultures, and have life experiences that many persons only dream of.

Here on Grand Bahama, at least one local 12th grader each year is given the opportunity to travel abroad, while Grand Bahama in turn plays host to one or more students from other countries.

On Thursday, the Rotary Club of Freeport welcomed back Kristina Saunders, who spent her year in Ecuador, and was also given the chance to visit Peru and Columbia.

"It's a year that will stick with you forever," Saunders said. "It will help you to grow as a person. I know I grew as a person. It helps you to broaden your horizons and become open minded."

During their time abroad, students live with two to three host families, go to school and live life with them. Saunders said she became very attached to her new family.

"I now have a second home," she said. "I had two families that were amazing. I love them as though they were my natural born family".

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