Broaden your horizons: International Youth Exchange a way to see the world

Burlington resident Marilyn Hohl, left, and Parisian resident Emma Martin, right, jump in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. / Photo submitted

Commentary by Vivian Hohl
Times-News correspondent

   Most children dream of traveling to big cities full of opportunities. It can take a lot of money and time to accomplish this, however. That’s why there are projects that make this easier. You can visit friends in other countries, and they can visit you. You get the experience of a lifetime. With ruins and history at every turn, there is always something interesting to do.
One of these exchange programs is called the International Youth Exchange, or the IYE. It was founded by Camille Wheeler, a former airline employee. She wanted children to learn of cultures from different countries. She made a website to make it simple and easy, as well as fun.
Although it is only offered to airline employees, there are many more exchange programs offered more to the public. The IYE has children from many places, including the U.S., Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Australia, Canada and Spain, all between the ages of 14 and 19.
With culture to share, exchanging is a fun way to learn about different places and broaden your horizons. More information on IYE can be found at

 Vivian Hohl is a ninth-grader at Clover Garden Charter School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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