Student leaving ‘amazing Perth’

Rotary exchange student Christoph Grüter returns home to Switzerland after a memorable year here. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d404154
Rotary exchange student Christoph Grüter returns home to Switzerland after a memorable year here. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d404154

The Karrinyup Rotary Youth Exchange student, who was placed at Scotch College, comes from Sch�tz, a town of about 3500 people 20 minutes north-west of Lucerne.

Since arriving in July last year, Christoph has travelled from Melbourne and Sydney to the Abrolhos Islands, and spent his last weekend enjoying Margaret River.

‘I find Australia and Perth are just amazing places,’ he said.

‘Perth itself is a nice city although after I’ve been to both Sydney and Melbourne for a few days each, Perth seems a bit sleepy. The stores (and many cafes) closing at 5pm on weekdays still seems a bit strange to me.’

He said highlights included a scuba diving course and a 10-day trip up to Kununurra.

‘I saw an amazing landscape and a lot of red dirt,’ he said.

‘We had an exchange student trip through the mining fields in Newman up to Karijini, and then through Tom Price towards the coast through places such as Exmouth, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia and Kalbarri.’

He said he while learning so much about Australia, he was also able to share some Switzerland facts with people he met.

‘Some were easy such as where Switzerland is exactly and that Switzerland and Sweden really are not the same,’ he said.

‘But for the people who knew the basics, I shared information about the political system of Switzerland or the economy.’

He said he would be sad to say goodbye to his newly made friends when the time came.

‘I just had the time of my life here in Perth. And thanks to Rotary and Scotch College, I got many chances which one wouldn’t get on a holiday.’