The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a local connection to an International Student Exchange Program, during their weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Kristy Waters of Taylorville, a former exchange student herself, spoke about her family’s involvement with the International Student Exchange Program, a non-profit organization that places 15 to 18-year-olds in some 30 countries across the world. The organization strives for better understanding among countries and cultures.
Waters said although COVID last year reduced the number of students that traveled to foreign countries to stay, the program is rebounding.
Her first experience in the process in 2017 started with a phone call from the area coordinator.
Herself, her husband and 3 boys have hosted a male student from Germany in the 2017-18 and 2019-20 school years, and are in the process of hosting a female student.
The club reminds the public of its April 24th Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at the Taylorville Moose Lodge from 6:30 til eleven in the morning. Tickets are 7-dollars for adults and 4-dollars for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.