Scilly’s Rotary Club Hosts Romanian Exchange Visitors

(Left to right) Gabriel Brostic, Iulia Ciharean, Ioana Camelia Moler, Valentin Stepfan and Ionut Paturica.

(Left to right) Gabriel Brostic, Iulia Ciharean, Ioana Camelia Moler, Valentin Stepfan and Ionut Paturica.

The islands’ Rotary Club has been hosting a visit by colleagues from Romania.

The three men and two women flew to Scilly from Land’s End on Saturday as part of the organisation’s annual exchange programme. It’s designed to give young professionals a chance to experience living and working in another country and build new contacts.

This year’s visitors include three social workers, a teacher and a software developer and they’ve been meeting people with similar jobs in the UK, although team leader Valentin Stepfan admitted that their time in Scilly was more of a welcome break from their busy schedule.

The two-week trip has been organised by the ten clubs in the West Cornwall District.

Local Rotary President Ray Jackman said the visitors have been experiencing life in Scilly, including a trip to the Mermaid Inn and a tour of Tresco’s Abbey Gardens.

And some members enjoyed a traditional Romanian meal, consisting of chicken, sausage and vegetables, cooked by the guests on Sunday night.

Ray says the exchange programme has been running for many years, and the local club has hosted visitors from places as far away as Africa and Nepal in the past.

He said it’s a chance to hear about how people live their lives in different parts of the world. On Monday evening, the Romanians gave a presentation about their home at the golf club.

Valentin said he thought Scilly was very beautiful and were fortunate to arrive on a sunny day when they got a fantastic view of the islands.

He said he’d like to come back for his honeymoon.