The Rotary Youth Exchange program is open to high school students, or those who have just graduated, between the ages of 15 and 18½ on departure. It does not matter whether your parents are members of a Rotary Club - the program is open to children of Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.
Exchange student candidates must be outgoing, self-confident, friendly, adaptable, and adventurous, willing to learn a foreign language, with above average grades in school. The application form will require you to tell about yourself and your family, and provide references from school teachers and administrators.
Participants attend high school, and may or may not get credit back home for courses taken (but colleges often recognize the value of exchange programs, with credit for language ability and greater acceptance rates!). Each student will have up to four (or more) host families through the year, to broaden the experience and see the variations that exist in all cultures.
Through many years experience, which has made the Rotary Youth Exchange Program the largest in the world, we have found the following general qualifications useful:
Students who are sent abroad under the Rotary Youth Exchange Program are required to accept the following obligations:
If you're ready to take the plunge, you can download your application here. Submit it to the address on the front of the application. We will forward it on to the appropriate club. The application process starts in September.
We hope this information is useful to you as you consider this opportunity. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the outbound committee members.