The IYWT Team
ED PIEKARCZYK - PRESIDENT
In 1969, after serving in Vietnam, Ed went to work for the airlines, where he worked in both LAX and SFO and eventually became the Station Manager in Lake Tahoe, CA. Then after a bout of quadriplegia, (Gullian-Barre syndrome) he came to It’s Your World—Travel in 1980. In 1984, Ed purchased IYWT from the previous owners, with the intention of making this agency a reliable resource agency for volunteer Rotary Youth Exchange committees. In 2001, Ed began the ‘on line’ version of the agency for 24/7 access by students/parents and Rotarians. So, for 37 years, Ed has been increasing the size of his family with every new student and Rotarian.
Countries: Austria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org - 206-242-1969
Charles "Charlie" KoCher - Office manager
Charlie has been involved in Rotary Youth Exchange since he first joined Rotary in 1980. But his experience with youth exchange goes back even further -- to the 1960s when his parents started hosting foreign students. Over the years, Charlie has been host brother, host dad many times over, anxious father when his own children went on exchange, student counselor, youth exchange chair, and board member of support programs both in the Pacific Northwest and across North America. Like so many who are involved in youth exchange, Charlie hopes that his involvement is creating peace -- one teenager at a time.
Countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Slovak Republic, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, & Turkey
Contact info: email@example.com - 206-328-0625
Andrea Novosad - Coach
Andrea joined the IYWT team in 2015, after serving in the Peace Corps as a Community Health Facilitator in the beautiful country of Paraguay. It was in Paraguay that she first had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Rotary through the Rotaract program. She hopes to see a shift in the world where every individual can experience international cultural exchange, "because we cultivate peace and harmony with all, during such an influential experience." There are few better opportunities than partnering with Rotary Youth Exchange to ensure each student’s exchange starts on the right foot, or at least the right flight.
Countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Paraguay, Poland, Spain, Sweden, & Taiwan
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org - 206-328-0628