July 21, 2016 · 2:25 PM

Nikita Dorozhkov is on an exchange trip in Maple Ridge. /

Nikita Dorozhkov hopes “to improve my English skills and maybe I can get new ideas and use them in my future career.”

And as part of that hope, the 21-year-old Russian exchange student is making a temporary home in Maple Ridge, as part of a vocational exchange with the Rotary Clubs of Haney and Meadowridge.

The primary objective of the four-week program is “expose business students to business practices in a western democracy, under Rotary oversight, and let them learn first-hand how what they have read in books is put into practice,” according to Rotary.

“I will be hosting him next week, as we travel and meet with municipalities and distributors I work with in the water business,” said Keesha Rosario, chair of youth service for the Rotary Club of Haney.

So far, Rosario said, Dorozhkov has job shadowed at Suncor, Canadian Tire, Mark’s and the Cooperators Insurance company, among others, as well as doing some work with the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association, and MP Dan Ruimy.

And yesterday, (June 20,) Dorozhkov shared his story at Meadow Gardens Golf Club.

“I am an open-minded and sociable person,” Dorozhkov said.

“I like to participate in everything: seminars, lectures, events, and socials.”

As for career aspirations, “I am interested human resources and knowledge management,” Dorozhkov said.

“I am also really interested in finance, auditing, and forecasting.”

Currently, Dorozhkov is taking courses from both University of Maryland University College, and Irkutsk State University, and is expected to graduate in 2017.