District 6440
Short-Term Exchange Program
A. What Is the Program?
Students age 15 to 18 ½ have an opportunity to experience a cultural exchange in a foreign country for a time period of 4 to 8 weeks, instead of a whole year. This is done on a reciprocal basis.
B. What Is the Responsibility of the US Club When Hosting a STEP Student?
The Hosting Club needs to satisfy District (6440) and RI policies.  The Club President, Youth Exchange Officer (YEO), and Youth Exchange Counselor (YEC) require background checks.
The Hosting Club YEO has to visit, interview and qualify the host family and have them fill out the Host Home Application Form.  Background checks will be required on all persons in the household over 18 years of age.
C. What Is the Responsibility of the US Club When Sending a STEP Student?
The Sending Club has to make sure that the student that wants to go abroad fills out the R.I. Short-Term application. Then the YEO of the sending club has to interview and qualify the student for the exchange and forward the application to the Short-Term Youth Exchange Chair.
D. What Is the Cost for the US Club When Hosting a STEP Student?
There is no cost for the Hosting Club. It is strongly recommended to invite the visiting student to at least one Rotary meeting for getting to know him/her.
E. What Is the Cost for the US Club When Sending a STEP Student?
There is no cost for the Sending Club. All expenses are paid by the student’s parents. The student must attend a club meeting before leaving on his/her exchange to be introduced to club members and after returning to give a short report of his/her exchange experience.
F. What Is the Cost for the student?
Students pay for the airline ticket and spending money and need to have adequate health insurance.
Processing fee for the application is $ 70.00.
G. Who to Contact for More Information
Rick Kuehn
STYE Chair District 6440
Phone 1-847-356-2834
Cell 1-847-417-5252
H. Why Is This Program So Attractive to Clubs and Host Families?
The time commitment is much shorter for the clubs and for the families involved.
There is little or no cost involved for the clubs.
I. Benefit of the Reciprocal Exchange
It simplifies the exchange. The outbound student’s family will be the hosting family for the inbound. It doubles the cultural experience, because the students of both countries are together for a longer period of time.
It can be assumed that the host family in the other country will do for your student what they hope you will do for theirs. Lifelong international friendships are formed.
Updated 2013  Tweaked 2017
Contact D6440 Short Term Youth Exchange Chair - 
Ulrich (Rick) Kuehn