Crawley resident heading to Hong Kong on Commonwealth International Youth Exchange Program


Samuel Kitchen, at front, with other International Youth Exchange |participants.
Samuel Kitchen, at front, with other International Youth Exchange |participants.

CRAWLEY resident Samuel Kitchen will be heading to Hong Kong as part of the International Youth Exchange Program.

Mr Kitchen, an Economics Honours student at UWA, became aware of the program through his volunteer work at Bloom.

“Bloom is a youth-led not-for-profit organisation that encourages young people to run their own start-ups,” he said.

“We are based at St Catherine’s College and have just entered into a partnership with UWA.”

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The 24-year-old aims to build links with the business community in the important global commercial hub.

“I hope to deepen my understanding of Hong Kong culture to make some great connections. WA already has a great relationship with Hong Kong (and) I hope to build on that and spread the word in Hong Kong about WA,” he said.

“Understanding the culture will be important for anyone in the future in WA’s economy.”

Mr Kitchen is among seven delegates, aged between 18 and 24, who will be going to Hong Kong in February, including fellow Crawley resident Raphael Parvin.

The exchange program is an initiative of the State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.