August 10, 2016
by Kaitlyn Estens
Denmark native, Katrine Sandager has embarked on an exciting 12-month journey, temporarily relocating to Coonabarabran as part of the Rotary student exchange program.
Despite being more than 15,000 kilometres from her home, the 16-year-old said she was looking forward to the new experience in Australia.
“One of the things I hope to accomplish by being an exchange student is getting to know a different culture and seeing another part of the world, as well as meeting new people,” Katrine said.
“I mean, living and studying in a completely different country for a year is an amazing opportunity.”
Katrine lives on the outskirts of Stenderup Krogager, a small town of about 1000 people, with her father Reinar, a farmer, mother Zhanna, a general practitioner, and younger brother and sister.
“It is a very close community,” she said.
“My school is situated in a slightly bigger town called Grindsted, which is 15 minutes from my home.”
With Danish classes commencing at 7.50am, Katrine will find the new timetable at Coonabarabran High School slightly different.
However, similar subjects are studied, including geography, biology, maths, PE and chemistry.
“The class I enjoy the most is probably English.
“I love the idea of being international and being able to communicate with people from other parts of the world.”
In addition to reading, music, photography and movie making, Katrine is a keen volleyball player.
“I have been playing for around five years and have made some of my best friends through volleyball.
“It is just an amazing sport - I play twice a week, from September to May, and I play indoors.”
Denmark exchange student, Katrine Sandager, will spend the next year living in Coonabarabran.
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