Liam Casey

Denmark

Hometown: Atlanta, Florida
School: Druid Hills
Sponsor District: 6960
Sponsor Club: Anna Maria Island
Host District: 1461
Host Club: Grasten

 

My Bio


Hej, My name is Liam Casey. I am from Atlanta Georgia. I am proud and grateful to be selected as the first RYE student from my state. I am very excited (and nervous) to be attending my 2016-2017 school year in the happiest place on earth… Denmark! While i'm nervous to leave the familiarity of my hometown and my family behind for a whole year, I am excited to learn more about myself and to gain insight on the parts of the world I haven't seen and experience their culture. One of the struggles that I faced was finding a host district because currently, the state of Georgia does not have a youth exchange program. Luckily, my persistence paid off when an an opportunity was presented, when district 6960: South West Florida agreed to sponsor me. While I am proudly representing district 6960, I am also representing the future of RYE in the state of Georgia. I am nervous about learning an entire new language, culture shock, and homesickness. However, as a cyclist, I am excited that there are about 4.5 million bicycles in Denmark and half of the population commutes by bicycle. Going to Denmark is a unique and life changing opportunity that I would not be able to have with out the support and sponsorship of RYE, so Id like to say thank you very much! Tak!


Journals: Liam – Denmark 2016-17

  • Liam, outbound to Denmark

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    Now I have been in Denmark for a little more than four and a half months. Since I submitted my last journal entry, a lot has happened! To start, I have made many friends in school, some are exchange students and some aren't. The exchange students that are in my town are like family because I know what they are going through and they know what i am going through. Everyone in my school really likes to have an exchange student in the school and think it's fun to help me with Danish and also to practice their English on me. I have been traveling around Denmark a lot, mostly for Rotary functions. I have been to Århus, the second largest city in Denmark, and Odense, the third largest to visit some friends. During our Autumn holiday, my host family took me to Munich which was a really, really cool trip! When we were there, we went to go see one of the concentration camps called dachau, and that was really really dark. Also in Munich, we went to go see a Champions League soccer match, and that was a crazy experience because the fans are insane! Also in our trip to Munich, we went to neuschwanstein castle, and that was so beautiful! Since then I have switched host families and now I am living right on the German and Danish border, its really cool because I could swim to Germany if I wanted. 

    I really like my new host family because they have a son that's the same age as me that went on exchange to Argentina last year, so he knows what it's like to be in my shoes. He helps a lot with teaching me Danish and introduces me to a lot of his friends. My host dad is the president of the club and takes me to many Rotary meetings. During the Christmas break, they will take me with them to the French Alps to go skiing, so I am really really excited for that! 

    As of now, I am enjoying the Christmas traditions here in Denmark, taking it day by day with friends and family, learning the language and having a blast. I hope everything is well back home! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Liam, outbound to Denmark

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    I have been here for just over 2 months now. It s amazing here in Denmark, sometimes I wake up in the morning and I forget I am actually here, on the other side of the world! I am with my first host family and I love them a lot! I really like my school and Rotary club , everyone is very nice and fun to talk with. In October, I will be traveling with my host family to Munich for a week to visit my host brother. I am very excited about that! The other exchange students in my school are very fun to be with because they're going through the same things that I am. Danish is a very difficult language to learn, but it is coming along very well. Since I have gotten here it has improved tremendously. I am learning new things every day in Danish, and the people in my class are more than happy to help. I love the culture, architecture, and food here a lot! It is such a great opportunity to be immensed in a whole different world here in Denmark! I am so greatful for this amazing opportunity!

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