For those interested in learning a new language and meeting new people, the Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime. More than 8,000 students participate worldwide each year. They share their culture and embrace a new one, helping foster global understanding—and learning a great deal about themselves and their home country in the process.

What is a Rotary Youth Exchange?

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from
a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.

Is an exchange right for me?

Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country

 

How much does it cost?

Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend. Participants are generally responsible for

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money, additional travel and tour fees

How can I apply?

Contact your local Rotary Club to see if it participates and to learn more about the types of programs offered, and specific application process required. Because the selection and orientation process can be lengthy, we suggest you apply 6­–12 months before you plan to leave.

Can I host an exchange student?

Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community and cultural activities.

For more information, call the office or send Steve Alexander, our Youth Exchange Officer, a message through our contact form.