Hometown: Odessa, Florida
School: River Ridge High School
Sponsor District : District 6950
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Hello! My name is Eugene Matos. I will be spending my exchange in the Netherlands. I am 16 years old and a senior at River Ridge High School. I live in Odessa, Florida with my mother, two older sisters and my brother-in-law. In my free time I like to: cook, play board games, and travel. I like to cook desserts. There’s something about the science of it and the presentation that stands out to me. In fact, one of my goals this year is to cook at least twice a week. In addition to cooking, I also spend my nights playing board games. My family spends countless hours playing; it’s a weekly tradition for us. Its nice to be able to put aside our outside stresses and talk about our day over a game. Another thing about me is that my family loves to travel. We’ve backpacked around Europe twice. My favorite part about the trips was the thrill of being in unfamiliar places and learning how to adapt to them. Its refreshing to be somewhere new and see everyday life in another country. I have been inspired for many years now to apply for Rotary’s exchange program after seeing my two sisters go on exchange. I saw first hand how exchange has changed their lives for the better and I am so thankful that Rotary has also granted me this once in a lifetime opportunity.