Posted by Anne Ford on Mar 23, 2019
Actor Joel Jackson grew up amid the red dirt and 100-degree-plus temperatures of sparsely populated Western Australia, a talented kid in a harsh land. Head of his class at school, soccer star, promising musician – it was all nice, but at age 17, he felt no particular pull in any direction. Until Rotary came along.

A conversation with a Rotarian during a break in a performance at a birthday party launched him to Brazil through Rotary Youth Exchange, where he stayed in the southern city of Londrina hosted by

Rotary District 4710 (Brazil, part of Parana) and sponsored by District 9455 (Australia, part of Western Australia). Soon after Jackson got home, his mother suggested he audition for Australia’s top acting school, though he had never been on the stage. “I went, ‘I’ve just got to do what I did in Brazil – jump in and trust that I’ll be able to handle myself,’” he says.

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