Okay, so maybe a VPN is like a "encrypted proxy".The proxy uses multiple servers to bounce your IP masking your actual whereabouts. I've not ventured into the VPN world so I am not inclined to comment on something I'm unclear on.
I have an encrypted connection to my VPN provider's server in the EU, which then lets me choose another server/proxy to hide under (currently a U.S. server, so I can read the news and click on YouTube links without getting a country-specific blackout warning).
My VPN provider allows me to create profiles which I use to quickly select different servers around the world. I feel like Carmen Santiago sometimes. LOL