Who can apply for the exchange program?
Rotary’s Youth Exchange program is open to young men and women, between the ages of 15-18.5, sons and daughters of Rotarians AND non-Rotarians alike. Applicants are selected by a sponsoring Rotary club and district on the basis of a written application and a personal interview. Qualified applicants are academically in the upper third of their class, articulate, and demonstrate community leadership skills.
What are the different types of exchanges offered?
SCHOLARSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDIES
District 6690 offers up to 20 IHS Scholarships each academic year. IHS Scholars travel to their host country in approximately early-August and return in approximately late-June of the following year. They attend school in their host countries and are expected to explore and develop a typical teenage existence in these countries. [read more]
SHORT TERM FAMILY-TO-FAMILY SUMMER EXCHANGE
“Short Term Exchange” is a summer experience that typically does not interfere with school calendars. Each Short Term Exchange family is paired with a Short Term Exchange family in the host country. The two exchange students become ‘exchange siblings’ and split the eight weeks of together between each of the two countries and in each of each other’s homes. The exact travel dates are coordinated between the two exchange families. [read more]
Where can I go on my exchange?
Exchanges can occur between any two countries in which there are Rotary clubs. Rotary clubs in approximately 65 countries and regions annually sponsor or host Youth Exchange students. RYE District 6690 currently has an exchange relationship with about 20 countries in Europe, South American, and Asia.
Where and when do I apply?
The first step is to fill out the preliminary application form. After that, you’ll be contacted by district committee member within 7 days. If are qualified to apply for one of the programs, you will need to have a local Rotary club sponsor you, and the completed application with all supporting documents and the program fee is due on or before 11/15/2014. As an applicant, you must attend the November youth exchange weekend.
You will be invited for a final district interview early in December. All interviewed candidates will receive the results of this final interview by December 22.
If you are selected to be a Rotary Exchange Student, you must attend 6 mandatory training and orientation weekends. The weekends are in January, February, March, April, May, and July. Your parents must attend the March and July weekends. If yours is a one-parent family, only the parent with whom you live is required to attend. Departure to your exchange country will normally occur in July, August, or Septem 2015.
Are there any program rules?
Although Rotary International offers support to local Rotary Youth Exchange programs through publications and suggested guidelines, Rotary districts and clubs run their programs independent of Rotary International. Therefore, each club or district program will have its own specific rules for students to follow. Students accepted into the program sign and agree to abide by a list of program rules prior to their departure from home. Program rules generally consist of common-sense stipulations, such as no driving of motor vehicles and the need to obtain special permission for travel while on the exchange.