A member of the Class of 2018 is spending her school year more than four thousand miles away. Chloe Crabb '18 is studying abroad in Belgium this year.
"I chose to apply for this opportunity because I want to know more cultures and learn different languages," Crabb shared. "I want to know French by the end of this experience, and maybe even a couple different languages as well."
Crabb learned about the opportunity to study abroad through teacher Tony Ricciuto '74 and the Rotary Youth Exchange.
"One day during a JCOWA meeting, Mr. Ricciuto mentioned a study abroad program with Rotary Youth Exchange," Crabb recalled. "I did some research and found out that Rotary Youth Exchange is a worldwide program that sends students abroad to other countries for a year. They stay with host families, attend school, and become a part of the life in their host country. I've always wanted to do a study abroad, either in high school or college, so I went to Mr. Ricciuto's classroom and asked him about it. He gave me the information for the application so that I could fill it out and apply."
While Crabb initially had hopes to go to France, she was excited to learn that her second choice, Belgium, was a possibility.
"I learned that one of my aunts did an exchange through Rotary to Belgium," Crabb said. "She was the reason I chose to study French in high school and wanted to study abroad. I grew up listening to her stories about being in Belgium and it just kind of inspired me."
Prior to leaving Dayton, Crabb spent her summer working with her Senior Capstone partners and taking courses at Sinclair to complete her English credit at CJ. She began classes at Notre-Dame des Anges near Brussels on September 1.
"Rotary Youth Exchanges provides the opportunity to not only experience the culture of your host country but also the culture of the many different exchange students from around the world," Crabb noted. "You make connections and relationships with people from all around the world. By the end of this I hope to have a broader world view."
Details about program opportunities through the Rotary Youth Exchange for the 2018-2019 school year can be found here.
Posted September 14, 2017