“He was my ‘brother’ at my host family when I was a YE student. Now he’s my boyfriend”, she announced.
Since returning to her home in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina state, at the end of 2006, Barbara and David kept up a steady correspondence.
In that time Barbara has become a manager in a wheat import/export company.
Next on her to-do list is studying for an MBA at Lancaster University, England.
In a slide show she gave, Barbara showed a house she has built for herself – though she still lives with her parents.
“It was something I wanted as an investment. It has beautiful views over the sea, with wonderful sunsets.'”
She remembers fondly the friends she made during her year at Westerford High and Rotarians at Claremont club.
“You were all like fathers to me, taking me out and inviting me to your homes”, she said. “And mothers, too”, she quickly adds.
One of whom was Liz Rose, her counsellor during her stay and currently a Director of the club.
“My sister was also an exchange student, to Italy – with another organisation, not Rotary – but within three months she wanted to come home, she was so unhappy. I told her ‘next time go with Rotary’.”
Barbara is due to return to Brazil after two weeks in Cape Town.