Kat Hickey


Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Sponsor District : District 6990
Sponsor Club: Davie/Cooper City, Florida
Host District: 2440
Host Club: The Rotary Club of Spisska Nova Ves


My Bio

My name is Katrina hickey. Most people call me Kat. I am currently a senior at American Heritage school on a performing arts scholarship in Plantation, Florida. I work at Maui Nix surf shop In Pembroke Gardens. I love acting and spend a large amount of time on stage rehearsing for upcoming shows. I spend almost all of my free time at the beach or hanging out with friends. I love the ocean. I do many activities such as snorkeling, surfing, and anything to help keep the beach clean.

My mother works for the airline which enables me to travel often. I have traveled to a few places in Europe but I have not yet been to Slovakia. I am extremely excited to live with my host family and learn an entirely new culture as if it is my own. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity that I am certain will completely change my life. I am anxious to communicate with people in a language other than my own and I can not wait to meet life long friends in the process. I am thankful I have never ending support and love from my my mother and father and all of my loved ones in every aspect of my life. I am also thankful that when this journey comes to an end, I will have comforting certainty that my family will be waiting for me back home with open arms. Thank you, Rotary, for this incredible dream about to come true!

Journals: Kat - Slovakia 2015-2016

  • Kat, outbound to Slovakia

    I would like to start by saying.. Rotary is magical. Rotary youth exchange makes miracles happen every single day. They did for me. My main goal of exchange was to make at least one life long friend and to hopefully find myself along the way. Thanks to rotary, I can proudly say I have amazing friends from all corners of the globe; Taiwan, Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, Mexico... Not only have I made life long friends, but I have made friends that I now could not live without. Really. One has already bought her plane ticket to visit me in Miami when I return home.

    As my exchange is already halfway over, I realize how time is flying by. I have already moved host families and they are wonderful. For example, my host mother just spent 30 minutes wrapping up and taking care of a microscopic cut on my foot. I feel so welcome in this new house and I can easily call it a home.
    I feel as if I'm almost in a dream. Of course, the winters in Slovakia are tough. One would think that the lack of sunshine and harsh negative temperatures can really put a damper on a Floridian's time. But what would an exchange be without such challenges?

    Long story short: I'm having the time of my life.

    With the rest of my time in Slovakia, I will improve my Slovak, go on some more awesome adventures, and take every opportunity I am given.


  • Kat, outbound to Slovakia

    At the very beginning of this journey I was deeply saddened to find out I was not only going to a country that was not one of my top five, but also one that I had never heard of before. I was worried, upset, and mostly disappointed.

    Right now, sitting in that very country I was so saddened about, I could not be happier.

    I have only been here two weeks and Slovakia has already became my home away from home. So far, I have seen some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen in my life, and have made many friends in school. I have the most welcoming and loving host family I could have ever imagined who have done everything in their power to make me feel like part of the family. I am so excited to see what the future has to offer and I am incredibly thankful for such an experience. It is a true blessing to live in such a lovely country.

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