Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, District 6440 has paused the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program for the 2020-21 year, and potentially for the following year.  This pause is to provide time for healthcare, travel industries, governments, and schools to redefine and return to a normal environment that allows Rotary to offer quality and safe exchange programs.   We are tentatively accepting applications for 2021 summer and 2021-22 school year.  Please know that we will not exchange until the District 6440 leaders and RYE team are confident in the ability to meet these expectations.    


What an exciting adventure awaits as you, a potential Rotary Exchange student or program volunteer, look to expand your horizons as they've never been expanded before. Take the first step toward one of the most amazing, memorable, adventurous experiences of your life.  Help us "make the world your home":

About Rotary Youth Exchange:

Every year thousands of teens from around the globe will see the world the way it is best seen - from the inside out - through Rotary's Youth Exchange program.

As a Long-term Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will attend High School on a cultural exchange and live with several host families in a country other than your own. Not only will you learn a new language; you will learn a new way of living - and a great deal about yourself. But there's more. While you're busy learning, the people you meet will be learning too - about your country, your culture, and your ideas. You will be a young ambassador. You will be helping to bring the world closer together - and you'll be making some good friends in the process. Explore our site if you're ready for the challenge - and the rewards - of living in another land as an exchange student.

As Host family members and Rotary volunteers you can learn about the student's country, culture, and ideas. Youth exchange students are true ambassadors, helping to bring the world closer together and making good friends in the process.

Not sure that a year away is for you?  The Short-term Youth Exchange program may be the answer.  Spend the summer with a student from another country.  Live abroad for at least three weeks (usually during the summer) with a family including the teenager you have been matched with (your exchange twin)  and then host for at least three weeks in your home and with your family and friends. 
District 6440 is one of twenty member Districts of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange (CSRYE) collective that works to support and facilitate exchange and expands opportunities for our participants.

Have a question or comment about either Rotary Youth Exchange program?  Email the District 6440's Rotary Youth Exchange team now. 

You can also contact our expert on Youth Protection:   Wendy Morgan-Adams

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