The Rotary Club of Canfield hosted their Youth Exchange selection at a recent meeting. Canfield High School student Kristen Lydic will be spending the 2014-15 school year in Sweden.
Lydic will be among roughly 8,000 students worldwide from 80 countries that will take part in the program. For Lydic, it all began with the selection.
''Kristen, in tandem with the Youth Exchange Chair from Canfield Rotary, submitted an application to the Rotary District 6650 Youth Exchange committee which included medical and school background,'' said Sieglinde Warren from Canfield Rotary. ''She was then interviewed on the district level and was chosen to become a member of the Outbound exchange student class of 2014-2015.''
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Visiting a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Canfield is Canfield High School student Kristen Lydic, pictured here with Randy Swartz, Canfield Rotary's president. Lydic was selected for the Rotary Youth Exchange program and will be attending school in Sweden this fall.
Warren said the selection of Sweden wasn't just a roll of the dice. At the district level, Rotary tries to match the student according to their background and interests. They find a country that is a good fit.
For the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the student and parents have to come up with the costs for transportation, visas and other required documents for international travel. The student then has to attend monthly training sessions prior to their August departure date.
Once the students are in their host countries they are set up with a local Rotary Club counselor and receive a monthly stipend from that local club.
On the flip side of the coin, there is a good chance of seeing a Swedish student attending school in this area.
''There will possibly be a Swedish student in Rotary District 6650, but not necessarily in Canfield,'' Warren said. ''If there is a Canfield family interested in hosting a Swedish exchange student or any incoming exchange student, they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.''
Anyone interested in becoming a future Rotary exchange student can also contact Warren for information.