Program offers youth experience of a lifetime

Kaylin England of Coldstream is one of 25 youth from British Columbia recently selected to participate in one of Canada World Youth’s international educational programs.

She has just graduated with her honours bachelor of business administration from Okanagan College where she is an executive member of their SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team.

Canada World Youth (CWY) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. Since its creation 37 years ago, 31,000 young people between the ages of 17 and 29 have had the opportunity to live and work as volunteers in communities in Canada and overseas. Youth from all regions of Canada and more than 65 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe have participated in CWY programs.

England’s exchange will run for six months. The first three months will take place in Mozambique where she will live with a local family and be involved as a volunteer in a community-oriented work project. Together with other Canadian and Mozambican youth, she will then travel to Sooke, B.C., where they will also live with local families and work in community-based projects.

“This is the experience of a lifetime, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to live in another region of Canada and another part of the world,” said England. “I’m looking  forward to acquiring various skills that I know are valued by employers, and to developing new interests.”

Young volunteers in CWY programs gain skills that will be useful for their future, strengthen their awareness of local and global issues and reinforce their sense of responsibility.

As part of the CWY experience, England is organizing a fundraiser: a benefit concert at the Vernon Community Music School Tuesday at 7 p.m. where she and another local musician, Kristian Frater, will be performing.

Snacks and beverages will be provided by Bean to Cup.  Admission is by donation.

Like other volunteers, she needs to raise $2,800 for CWY, so that the organization can give more young people the chance to participate in its programs in future years. She is also in the process of contacting a number of organizations and individuals in her community, informing them of her participation in the program.

For more information please contact her at  kaylinengland@live.ca