Max Richou from France is excited about seeing his first rodeo.
Max Richou from France is excited about seeing his first rodeo. Katie Cameron

Warm welcome for visitor Max

FRENCH teenager Max Richou is excited to learn about our country and improve his English, and said he loved the country feel of living in the Southern Downs.

Max is in Year 11 and has travelled from the north of France for a one year exchange program with the Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise.

He is attending Assumption College and staying with a local host family.

Max has been here for two months and said adjusting to the language was a little difficult.

"I find English a little bit hard," he said.

"At school, sometimes the people speak really quickly.

"At the beginning I thought I would go to Australia after studying, but then I found out I could come now and I took the chance."

It is Max's first time in our country and he said one of the best parts about being here was escaping the cold French winter.

"I really like the landscape and the weather is good," he said.

So far, Max has visited Fraser Island, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Lightning Ridge and Brisbane.

"I prefer the country, everyone is more relaxed," he said.

He will also go to the Warwick Rodeo next weekend and said he was looking forward to seeing all the events.

"I've never been to one before," he said. "I expect it to be a little bit like the American rodeos on TV."

Max loves playing soccer and has made a lot of new friends in the Rose City.

"I also like cooking - desserts, cake, crepes and pizza," he said.

The Rotary Club of Warwick Sunrise has been involved in the youth exchange program for about 12 years and hosts students from around the world, including Canada, Switzerland, Germany and Argentina.



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