Rotary International's Youth Exchange program is a very important aspect of the Rotary service agenda. Each year it enables students to travel to parts of the world, to live and study in a different cultural environment. These young people are the leaders of the future. The experience and confidence gained as participants in this program will permit outstanding youth to be more responsible world citizens.
As a host club or host family, you will play a vital role in helping to shape tomorrow's world.
For more information on the Youth Exchange Program, please visit the Rotary web site for more information.
Short Term Exchange
Or, summer exchange. Usually three or four weeks duration. Exchange visits host country and returns with host sibling so youngsters spend 6 - 8 weeks together. May be other than summer to accommodate southern hemisphere exchanges.
Long Term Exchange:
Exchange of home stay and attendance at school. This is a total immersion in the culture of the host country so that the exchange will be educated in the language, history, geography, social mores and current affairs of the host country.
If you are interested in submitting an application to become a Rotary Youth Exchange participant, please contact Bill Gates.
Expectations of host club
Organizes a Youth Exchange committee to appoint a Counselor for inbound and outbound Exchangees.
Promotes Youth Exchange program, interviews candidates, supervises preparation of applications and recommends those selected at club level to district selection committee.
Screens potential host families for good living condistions, ability of siblings to adjust, respect within community, compatibility with Exchangees.
Selects (preferably three or four) host families for each inbound.
Arranges for schooling, allowance for inbounds and attendance at Rotary events.
Insures both in-bound and out-bound students and host families attend appropriate Rotary functions: orientations, conferences, selected social events, etc.
Arranges for cultural activities for inbounds.
Provides club banners for outbounds.
Responds to district instructions and requests.
Approves travel for inbounds.
Provides inbound Exchangee a monthly allowance.
Recommend to district early return or probation for problem inbounds, district to make decision.
Advises inbound Exchangee on ways to contact Rotary officials at any time.