Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ticket to make a difference for young Saltburn girl.

18-year old, Katy Phenix, from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland has been given the opportunity to make a real contribution to a community in Bradford and the Philippines as part of Global Xchange . She will join a team of 10 young people from the Philippines and the UK on a six month exchange starting in October.

Youth Xchange is a six month exchange programme for young people aged 18 to 22, run by
VSO and the British Council as part of International Citizen Service. Katy is excited about
the prospect of living and working for three months in a community in the UK and for three
months in the Philippines. She says, “I want to experience a different culture and gain work
experience and life skills and Global Xchange will give me the opportunity to do this.”

Although Global Xchange will arrange work placements, travel requirements and provide
participants with a small living allowance, Katy still needs to raise £2,000 towards her trip and is busy organising a fundraising event with local performers at the Spa Hotel in Saltburn on September 9th.

“I’ve spoken to young people who have been on Global Xchange, and they say that it is a
life-changing experience. I am interested in educational work and hope to make a real
difference to a community overseas.”

Katy hopes to apply the skills she learns on the exchange when he returns to Saltburn, “I’m
hoping to get work in the educational field when I return.”
For Katy, this will be the first time she has travelled overseas independently, “I’m really looking forward to experiencing a culture that is completely different to my own.”

For more information visit If you’d like to help Katy by donating
towards her exchange, please visit

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