My son Stephen and I have had a Europe trip planned for almost two years, and it was certainly our good fortune to be able to make a side trip to Kromeriz, Czech Republic, to say hello to Prokop and his parents. He's only been home in the Czech Republic for 5 days, and it was almost surreal to see him here so soon after his departure from Alaska. He sends all of his friends in Alaska warm regards, and his lovely parents send their immense thank-you for every opportunity that Rotary provided for their son during his exchange year.

Our travels also took us to rural Finland, where we visited Stephen's host families from his youth exchange year there in 2013-3014. When we arrived in Helsinki, we stayed for a night at the home of another youth exchange student, Emma Mesia, who was sponsored by ANC International club in 2014-2015.

Rotary youth exchange...making the world smaller, one student at a time.

Prokop, his mother and father hosted Barbara and Stephen Kagerer for the day in their home town, Kromeriz, Czech Republic on July 17th.