Are you open to change?
 
The Long-term Exchange Program lasts almost a year during which you attend school, learn a new language (or improve your current level), and live with several families in your host country.  You'll be your country's ambassador. You will also gain a greater understanding of their culture and form lifelong international friendships. 

Eligibility

Rotary Youth Exchange programs are open to current high school students.  The year you leave on exchange you must be between 15 1/2  - 18 1/2 years old by August 01. Students graduating High School can participate in the exchange program as a gap year with understanding they are attending High School in another country.  To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community. Qualified candidates possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors. All applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and complete a written application and in person interview.

Timeline

Students are initially interviewed by members of a sponsoring local Rotary club. There is an information session in late September or early October that involves the student and parents. Selections are usually made in mid-November.   

Travel

Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the families involved following specific instructions from Rotary. 

Finances

Rotary volunteers administer the program and thus keeps program expenses low. Rotary Clubs in the host country are responsible for school tuition, accommodation and food, and a modest monthly allowance (generally around $75 / month). Students and their parents (or guardians) are expected to cover typical average of $6500 expenses which include:
 
  • $800 non-refundable application fee to cover training and administration costs
  • Fully refundable round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance through Rotary which includes medical, accident, and illness coverage and meets the requirements of the host and sponsor clubs and districts.
  • All travel documents, such as passports and visas
  • Spending money (over and above the monthly allowance provided by the host Rotary club) and ancillary travel.
  • Language camp (in some host countries) or other cultural orientation sessions.  $100 fee for online language program which is reimbursed if the student completes the modules before July 1 before their exchange. 
  • $500 emergency fund for unexpected expenses during the year.
  • Optional tours beyond the estimate above.  Typical end of year tours are about $2000. 

Countries

District 6440 is a member of the Central State Rotary Youth Exchange  (CSRYE) , a multi-district collective that works with other Rotary Districts to match students from around the world.  The countries we offer have been chosen for their stability and degree of concern about the welfare and safety of our students abroad.  Candidates will select up to twelve of the forty countries for a possible exchange.  Matches are normally communicated by February. 
 

Interested In Applying?

Rotary Youth Exchanges are administered locally by volunteers, and all applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and
District 6440. The first step is to apply with a District 6440 Rotary club. To find a club near you click here.  Once you locate a participating club near you, you will be asked to complete a preliminary application and an interview. If selected you be asked to complete an electronic full application and will move onto District 6440 interviews typically conducted in the November time period.  Your local club will help guide you through the process. 
 
 

Have additional questions?

Please contact District 6440 Long-term Exchange Chair:  Rebecca Dunleavy