Taxes are higher in Chile, Marchant Fernandez said. Here in Ottumwa, he saw the sales tax was 7 percent. In Chile, it's 19 percent.
The group has stayed busy in the United States. Bolton said they are on the go from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. The mission, said Rotary members, is to teach the young people something they can take home with them, allow Rotary members to grow by meeting them and to encourage international friendship.
This group had already made friends at Indian Hills Community College with culinary instructors and students who prepared dinner for them Thursday night.
"In four weeks, it was the best meal we've had," said Bolton.