JETSETTERS: Warwick exchange students Ruby Doolan (Belgium), Molli Devine (Brazil), and Emma Gardner (USA).
JETSETTERS: Warwick exchange students Ruby Doolan (Belgium), Molli Devine (Brazil), and Emma Gardner (USA). Contributed

52 weekends in a foreign land

SHE is leaving behind her family and friends for a year in a country where she knows no one and can't speak the language but Molli Devine has no reservations.

The 17-year-old jetted off to Brazil yesterday - the last of three exchange students to head overseas this year, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise.

Fellow jetsetters Emma Gardner and Ruby Doolan are already in the United States and Belgium respectively.

Despite being so young, Molli said she was certain she could overcome homesickness and it was likely her family would miss her a lot more than she would them.

"I have had lots of exchange students and I know if you start to get homesick the best thing is to keep busy and get out and do something," she said. "But I won't really know how I feel until I get over there and experience it myself.

"We try not to think about it too much and instead, I just think of it as 52 weekends to do things while I am there."

Molli said although a year might seem like a long time to be away, she knew she had to seize the opportunity while she had it.

"It will be hard to not have your parents there to help you out all the time but I think it will really help me grow up," she said.

"You just have to realise this is something you will never be able to go back to and you really have to live in the moment."

Making the transition to life in Brazil a bit easier will be the fact her host family, which includes 15- and 17-year-old girls and their parents, speak English.

They have all spent time getting to know each other before Molli's arrival and the excited teen said it had given her a sense of ease.

"It makes you a lot less insecure because you have started to get to know their personalities before you get there," she said.

"It's reassuring to feel like you know them and you have someone to go to when you arrive."

Molli said she was extremely grateful to Rotary Sunrise for sponsoring her and the other girls and for placing her in such a great country.

"I think I was chosen for Brazil because I have the craziest and most bubbly personality," she said



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