TROY ROTARY SPONSORS LOCAL STUDENT IN YOUTH EXCHANGE
November 10, 2014
According to Troy High School junior Caitlynn (Caity) Klawon, the world is an oyster and she is looking for her pearl. Possessing a strong sense of adventure and an open mind, Klawon has applied to take part in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for her senior year of high school, and her application is being sponsored by the Troy Rotary Club. Rotary Youth Exchanges give a young person the opportunity of a lifetime by introducing them to new cultures and customs and is a powerful way to promote global understanding and peace. Students may apply for a short-term or long-term exchange. Klawon has opted for the long-term exchange in which she will spend a year living in another country with different host families while attending classes at the local school. Once her application is processed, Klawon will be notified where she will go for her year abroad, giving her plenty of time to enroll in language classes so she can communicate with her host families.
Klawon is no stranger to global travel, having participated in several camps sponsored by Children’s International Summer Villages (CISV). With each journey, she has made new friends while learning new traditions. It was one of those friends who introduced Klawon to the idea of living abroad for a year. She eagerly researched different ways to make such an experience a reality, discovering that Troy Rotary Club would sponsor her in the international program.
When asked if she will miss spending her senior year at Troy High School, Klawon replied that she has mixed feelings but believes the chance to experience living in another country will give her a greater appreciation for cultures, customs and attitudes. The oldest of five (5) children, Klawon admits that being gone for an entire year will be a challenge for her siblings and friends in Ohio; however, she can keep in touch with them the same way she’s kept in touch with her CISV friends…via Skype. After she returns, Klawon plans to attend college and become a dentist. She hopes one day to travel as a volunteer to different countries where her skills and abilities in dentistry can be helpful.
Rotary Youth Exchanges are available through Rotary International. Visit their Web site at www.rotary.org to learn more about the program. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary, sponsorship for a Youth Exchange or membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.
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