Hello! My name is Camryn Vaughn. I’m from Lewistown, in central Montana. My passion for international education, culture, and language began when I had the opportunity to travel abroad to Austria as an exchange student with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program during my junior year of high school. I lived with three different host families, attended school at a local gymnasium, and learned German (the Carinthian dialect, of course!). The blog I kept for this exchange year is linked in the top menu.
I went to the University of Montana in Missoula. There, I studied Russian, international relations, and German. I lived and studied Russian in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for one semester with SRAS. You can find posts about this semester in the top menu. In the spring of 2020, I returned to Austria for a semester at the University of Graz. I was able to reunite with friends from my exchange year, briefly, before being sent back to Montana because of covid-19.
I graduated in December of 2021 and continued my work as a project manager with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. The Mansfield Center manages a number of cultural exchange programs, as well as programming on democracy and ethics in public affairs. In the spring of 2022, I was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English in the Republic of Georgia! I departed in September and currently am living in Zugdidi, Georgia, where I teach English at Shota Meskhia State Teaching University.
Georgia is known for its breathtaking mountains, delicious cuisine, and friendly people. I can’t wait to share my experiences!