Exchange student lends a hand in Beaudesert

EXCHANGE: Melvin Kromer has had his first taste of country Australia- a meat pie, a scone and a volunteering gig. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
EXCHANGE: Melvin Kromer has had his first taste of country Australia- a meat pie, a scone and a volunteering gig. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

JUST days after arriving in Australia, Melvin Kromer was pitching in to help in the kitchen for the Probus 25th anniversary function at The Centre on July 31.

The 16-year-old Rotary-sponsored Swiss exchange student said he was excited about starting school next week.

“I will be going to Beaudesert State High School,” he said.

“I am really looking forward to it – I already know three students there and they are very nice people.”

Melvin said he was lodging with a family in Kooralbyn and was hoping to improve his English while he is in Australia.

“It’s winter here but still it is hotter than it is in Switzerland right now,” he said.

“Although it is very cold in the mornings, it warms up during the day.”

He said he was looking forward to new experiences and making new friends at school – and in the meantime, he had tried two Aussie favourites – a meat pie and a scone with jam and cream.

‘They were very interesting,” he said.

Melvin’s friendly attitude and cheerful smile was a welcome addition to the Probus event, where he helped prepare and serve lunch to 177 diners.

“Rotary said there was something to do today so I said OK, I would like to help with that,” he said.