In early September Kendall Hoy will begin a new, and undoubtedly unforgettable, chapter in her life. The Rotary Youth Exchange student will fly to Spain, where she’ll live and study for about a year.
“I’m so excited,” the 16-year-old said. “I’m most excited to see Barcelona, and all the beautiful churches and to eat real authentic paella. It’s one of my favorite foods.”
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills, Kendall said she jumped at the opportunity to study abroad because her mom had done so when she was 18.
“I heard about all the wonderful experiences she had,” Kendall said.
Mom went to Australia; Kendall will make her home in Denia, Spain, in the province of Alicante on the Costa Blanca. Her four years of Spanish will come in handy as she attends IES 3 and Kendall said she hopes to become fluent in the language … not to mention the metric system.
And though she’ll miss her family and friends, the teen said she also looks forward to immersing herself in a new culture, meeting new people and making global connections. She’s already connected with her host mom and two host sisters.
Kendall also said she hopes this trip will help shape her future.
“I have so many things that I want to do,” she said.
Career goals vary from music teacher (she can’t wait to sing in some of Europe’s most beautiful churches!) to book editor. A trip abroad, where she will make her own decisions and mature could send her on the path she’s meant to take.
Interested in becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange student? The El Dorado Hills Rotary Club participates in the long-term Youth Exchange program, open to qualified young men and women between the ages of 15 and 19 years old. The exchange involves students living with two to three host families abroad and attending a local high school for one year. Students must apply by Oct. 8 for the following school year.
Rotary has an extensive selection and orientation process, which helps identify the best candidates and prepare them well for their time as Youth Exchange students. The El Dorado Hills Rotary will hold interviews for prospective outbound students in mid-October. Rotary is also looking for
families to host an inbound student for three months next school year. Host families should live within the Oak Ridge High School boundary.
For more information call Sherie Tobin at (916) 616-6974 or e-mail [email protected].