Bjarne Gienaap

Our new Rotary Exchange student, Bjarne Gienapp (BJ)gave his presentation to the club on Thursday 1st September. Bjarne is sixteen years old, he is sponsored by Gifhorn-Wolfsburg Rotary Club in Wolfsburg, Germany and he hopes to study medicine or dentistry in the future.
Both of Bjarne’s parents are dentists, so he should be right at home talking to Roger Malouf. His father, Thorsten, is a member of the Lions Club New Generation Wolfsburg, and his mother, Claudia, is the youth exchange officer of the Rotary Club Gifhorn-Wolfsburg.   His sister, Amelie, is a model, and BJ also does part time modelling. Wolfsburg is a city of some 120,000 and is where Volkwagen have their head office.   In Germany, Bjarne attends the Theodor-Heuss-Gymansium (THG) in Wolfsburg where he studies Music, Sport, Maths, Chemistry, Art, Religion, Biology, English, Latin, History, Physics, Geography, German, Politics. He finished Grade 10 in June before leaving on his exchange. This school has approximately 900 students.
Bjarne has travelled extensively including to China, Canada, USA, Namibia and South Africa. He also likes every kind of food and is looking forward to how Australia “Tastes”. Bjarne says that “in my  free time I like to go wake boarding and kitesurfing. I am quite sporty that is why I play Volleyball too. But listening to music is also a nice way to calm down from a busy day. My genres are pop and rap.” He has chosen Collingwood as his footy team!! His first host parents are Nathen and Natasha. We all welcome Bjarne to Australia and in particular to Maffra and the Maffra Rotary Club.