It has been two and a half weeks since I arrived home and every moment of every day I've been thinking about my exchange; the experiences that I had and the opportunities that were given to me as a result of the volunteer work of the exchange committee in Turkey. By coming to Turkey and being part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program I have been able to grow through amazing life experiences which presented themselves along the way. More to this point by coming to Turkey I was able to experience a completely different culture in a part of the world I had wondered a lot about before arriving.
Tulin hanim, I am deeply indebted to you and the exchange committee for this opportunity that was provided to me which became the best decision of my life. It was Turkey that taught me the deep value of learning another language and culture, how to navigate through tricky situations (especially while my Turkish was in its early days), and I became more open to new ideas and a way of life among many other things. As such, I can't thank you and the Exchange Committee enough for this experience which I have been gifted, I will be forever grateful.