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Welcome to The Youth Exchange Scholarship Program

the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship program

What an adventure you have in front of you! No matter if you end up representing Rotary International and USA as a Rotary Youth Exchange Scholar for a full year, or if you become part of our Short-Term Summer Exchange Program, you’ll have an experience that will change your life forever.

Read the journals below from the students abroad and/or click on the “want to participate” tab above to get started.

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Outbound Exchange Student Timeline

Year 1 (2018)

  • September – November: Attend our Youth Exchange Weekends and information sessions. Work on your application (normally takes 3-5 weeks to complete!).
  • November 15: Deadline for completed applications
  • 1st weekend December: District interviews
  • December 15: Find out if you’re accepted

Year 2 (2019)

  • January – July: Monthly orientation meetings for all outbound students
  • January 31: Find out what country you’re going to (long-term exchange students)
  • April: Find out what country you’re going to (short-term exchange students)
  • May – September: Short-term exchanges in and outbound
  • July – September: Long-term students leave
  • August: Rebound reunion for short-term students

Year 3 (2020)

  • June – July: long-term students returns to the USA
  • August: Rebound reunion weekend for long-term students

The list of countries:

  • Asia – Africa – Pacific Rim
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Slovak Republic
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Peru

Caden Wilcox , Rotary Scholar

Hallo! I am Caden Wilcox from Portsmouth Ohio.
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Ali Riddle , Rotary Scholar

Hello! My name is Alise Riddle, but I go by Ali. I currently attend Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio as a freshman.
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Caliegh Johnson ,Rotary Scholar

Oi! My name is Caleigh Johnson. Im 15 years old and I live in Delaware, Ohio. I am a sophomore at Hayes high school and love the classes I am taking and the people I meet in them.
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Gena Deskins , Rotary Scholar.

My name is Gena Deskins. I’m 16 years old and a Junior at Pickerington North High School. I will be on exchange to South Korea for my senior year and I can’t wait!
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Journals from 2017-2018.

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