For seventeen-year-old Livia Ciccia an exchange student through Youth For Understanding USA (YFU), attending Mound Westonka High School, the past year has been a once in a lifetime experience.
“Minnesota has been amazing,” she said. “I’ve had so much fun with my host family and friends.”
A girl scout since she was nine-years-old, Ciccia became interested in studying abroad after attending a ‘World Scout Jamboree’ in Japan. She discovered how much she enjoyed meeting so many other young adults from around the world and learning about their customs. Becoming an exchange student offered the perfect opportunity for her to become completely immersed in a new culture.
Ciccia chose to come to the USA because she wanted to experience a culture and way of life different from her own that would give her a chance to grow and expand her world view. That’s exactly the experience she’s had here in Minnesota.