Get out and experience the world!  

The Rotary Youth Exchange program provides thousands of young students with the opportunity to stay with people from other countries, allowing for them to experience new cultures and planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.

Learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country. As your concept of the world expands, you mature and develop a deeper understanding of who you are. Immersion in another country’s educational system enhances academic and personal growth. Also, host clubs, families and the entire community are enriched by extended, friendly contact with someone from a different culture.  Select from one of our three exchange opportunities.

    Long-term exchanges

    • For high school students
    • These exchanges usually last one year, during which the student lives with more than one family in the host country and is required to attend school there. Long-term exchanges may be extended to include part or all of the holiday/vacation periods immediately before and after the academic year.
    • Applicants must have at least one year of school remaining, and cannot be graduated.
    • Applicants must be willing to be flexibly and adaptable, and most importantly, be great ambassadors for their hometowns, schools and country.  Applicants do not get to pick their countries and must be willing to go where they are assigned. 
    • To be considered, applicants must complete the application process before December 1 to leave the following academic year. Applicants must attend interviews the first weekend in January, and attend an orientation the first weekend in May. 
    Short-term exchanges
    • For students 15-18 years old
    • These exchanges vary from several days to several weeks; they often take place when school is not in session and usually do not include an academic program. Short-term exchanges generally involve a homestay experience with a family in the host country, but they can also be organized as international youth camps or tours that bring together students from many countries
    • Many youth go abroad for a period of time, then her host brother or host sister will return with them to stay in their home for a period of time.  This is called a family-to-family exchange.
    • To be considered, applicants must attend interviews the first weekend in January, and attend an orientation the first weekend in May.  

    New Generations exchanges

    • For students 18-25 years old
    • These specialized short-term exchanges last three to six weeks and focuses on offering young people a vocational/education experience for college or tech school attendees. Applicants will be placed in a foreign country to learn skills and/or provide service in that country.
    • To be considered, applicants must attend interviews the first weekend in January, and attend an orientation the first weekend in May.  
     
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