Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Since 1972, as an official program of Rotary International, exchange students have had the educational and cultural experience of a lifetime.
Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
Working with local Rotary clubs and host families, exchange students have the opportunity to unlock their true potential. They develop lifelong leadership skills, learn a new language and culture, and build lasting friendships with young people from around the world.
Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools while living with multiple host families.
Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.
This Rotary year, District 6970 clubs are hosting 8 visiting students and likewise, 8 local students are participating in outbound exchanges. You can read their stories at:
If your club is interested in sponsoring or hosting in the next Rotary year (2024-25), informational sessions and applications are being accepted now. The deadline for Outbound applications is October 15.
It has been said that wars would cease if everyone could participate in a youth exchange. This Program is one of Rotary's most consequential and epitomizes the Focus on Promoting Peace.
I would encourage you to contact any member of the District Youth Exchange leadership team to find out how you and your club can participate. https://www.rye6970.org/officers/
John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024
Rotary District 6970