A Drumheller resident recently returned from a year-long student exchange to Poland.

Thanks to the Drumheller Rotary Club, Veronica Felisilda spent a year in Poland, where she took classes at a regular Polish high school.

"I was there for a whole year. I had all Polish classes. I only had one English class and basically, I did not understand anything. But, I still continued to go to school, just to talk to my teachers and all of my friends," said Felisilda.

Felisilda explained that she was able to help out her fellow students.

"They've been learning English for the longest time, and they just lack conversation, so when I [went] there, they were really happy so they can practice their English, but I told them that 'no, I really need to practice my Polish instead!' which they understood, so we just [went] back and forth whenever we talked."

Felisilda said she would return to Poland because she misses her friends. She found the country very friendly and inviting.

"They were very welcoming, especially the older people. Because they've gone through a lot, through the war, and stuff like that, they were very understanding of other cultures as well."

Luckily, Felisilda didn't feel homesick at all while she was away.

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