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As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country.
Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.
More than 8,000 young people each year have experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
Are you ready for it?
Types of Exchanges
The objective of Rotary Exchange Programs is to foster world peace and international understanding. It is hoped that the participants will experience firsthand, the challenges and accomplishments of other countries, by living with and meeting people of different cultures.
Three types of Rotary exchange programs:
Rotary Long-term Exchange Program – LTEP
As a long-term Rotary Exchange student between the age of 15 and 18, you will spend one academic year living in another country, usually with two or more host families. You will become part of those families and their community. These Rotary accredited families are volunteers who will welcome and care for you, supervise your year and introduce you to their culture and lifestyle.
In your host country you will learn another language, experience different foods, study different subjects and enjoy a new way of living. You will also attend high school in your host district, participate in Rotary and community activities, make new friends, see exciting places and impart knowledge about the uniqueness of your country and sponsoring Rotary district.
The Rotary Short-Term Exchange Program – STEP
This program provides opportunities for high school students, ages 15 – 18 to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to exchange in a foreign country.
Participants will live with a Host Family in the selected country for a minimum of three weeks, typically during the summer, under the sponsorship of a local Rotary Club. The Short-Term Exchange asks that your family will host in return for a similar duration in time.
The maximum stay will be less than 90 days because of visa requirements and will not involve a schooling component.
Rotary New Generations Exchange Program -NGE
New Generation Exchanges are open to people ages 19-25, making this an ideal option for recent secondary school graduates and Rotaractors. Usually lasting three to six weeks, these exchanges may be arranged for individuals or groups, and can involve home stays, tours, or camps. Students in this program travel on a visitor’s visa, and schooling is generally not permitted, although there have been instances where students have attended classes at a university, depending on the location and school. The program is better suited for internships; an opportunity to learn about a career from individuals currently working in the profession. At this age level, we would expect the individual to put their own program together, while Rotary would provide the home hosting. It is easier to arrange if you are willing to accept a family-to-family exchange, which can take place over 2 years.
MS SUE KOLAR
CHAIR, YOUTH EXCHANGE COMMITTEE
ROTARY CLUB OF NEPEAN-KANATA
PO BOX 26088
NEPEAN ON K1H 9R6
Home Telephone: 613-253-0672
Business Telephone: 873-469-3951