Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
School: Pedro Menendez High School
Sponsor District : District 6970
Sponsor Club: Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County, Florida
Host District: TBA
Host Club: TBA
Ciao! My name is Jillian Almstead and I will be a Rotary Youth Exchange student outbound to Italy in 2018-2019! I currently go to Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine, Fl, and I’m currently in 11th grade! I live with my mom, dad, and sister, although I actually have 3 older sisters but 2 of them already moved out. I’m originally from New York but I moved to Arizona as a baby, and then to Florida when I was turning 6 years old. In my free time, I really love to read, draw, and listen to music! I am pretty much constantly listening to music and reading. I also love video games and hanging out with my best friend Audrey. After college, I plan on teaching English abroad in Japan and South Korea! I’m honestly so excited to learn Italian and to move to Italy! I’ve never been so happy before as when I was told I would be an RYE student this year!! I’m so happy and grateful that I got picked to go to Italy! I still can’t even believe I will be living in another country for a year! I can’t wait to eat real Italian food and see all of the architecture, history, and beaches! Also, I am a massive nerd when it comes to Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, so literally living in the place where Ancient Romans lived is so cool to me. I’m so excited to meet new people and see so many foreign places on my journey. I already know this will be the greatest year, even with the challenges I know I’ll face from living abroad. I can’t wait to see what awaits me in Italy!