Rotary District 5080 Youth Exchange:  British Columbia, Idaho, Washington
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Short Term Exchange

The Rotary Short Term Youth Exchange Program is open to students between the ages of 15 and 18. The exchange runs for 6 weeks in summer, during which the student is sponsored by a local Rotary Club and lives with a host family. Applicants are matched with a student of similar age, gender and interests.  The 2 students are together in each others' homes for 6 weeks total. 

The purpose of the program is:

  • To promote international peace, goodwill and understanding through a 6-week family-to-family international exchange

  • To provide the opportunity for students within Rotary District 5080 to experience international travel and spend 3 weeks with a foreign host family and the “matched” exchange student

  • To provide the opportunity for foreign students to experience international travel and spend 3 weeks living with a family and the “matched” exchange student in Rotary District 5080

A cultural and educational experience for two “matched” students and their families.

An opportunity to experience the culture and customs of a foreign country and share the culture and customs of his/her own country.

Program Calendar

Fourth Week of June

Students depart for Europe 

(group travel itinerary)

 

Third Week of July

Students and their “matched” 

counterparts return from Europe

 

Mid-August

European students fly home

(program dates may vary)

Exchange Countries:

Austria

Belgium

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Italy

Netherlands (Holland)

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

 

Applicant Criteria
  • Students between 15 and 18 years old

  • A Rotary or non-Rotary family

  • Well-rounded students who are open to new ideas and experiences

  • Ambassadors of their family, home community, country and Rotary district

  • Students who understand and abide by Rotary Youth Exchange Rules (included in the Short-Term Application) and be able to adapt to their host families and host country.  

Cost

You will pay a fee of US$500 which covers orientation/administration of the program and insurance. Half is due with your application November 15 and half is due in May. You will be responsible to arrange and pay for your round trip airfare and Visa expenses. We encourage you to use our Rotary approved travel agent as they are particularly familiar with youth exchange travel, however, you are free to make your own arrangements as well. 

 

Other Costs Include:
  • Airfare

  • Passport

  • Modest gift for host family

  • Reasonable amount of spending money

  • Room, board, recreational and sightseeing costs for the foreign student’s visit.  (The European host family will provide similar items for the US/Canadian student.)

Orientation

Students and at least one parent are required to attend the Short-Term Exchange orientation:

In May – at Camp Lutherhaven near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

See details on the Events page. 

Application Process

1.  Contact your local Rotary Club and tell them of your interest or send us an email  and we’ll let you know who to contact in your area.  

2. Download and follow the instructions carefully to complete as much as you can of the the Short Term Exchange Program Application and all of the Short Term Exchange Program Country Preference* forms.  Submit these to your local Rotary Club by September 30.

3.  Submit a check for half of the total registration fee together with the fully completed original signed Application form in #2 above and the Short Term Host Family Application to your local Rotary Club by November 15.

4.  Student and parents are interviewed by the local Rotary Club who also visit the applicant's home. 

Student and Family Suggestions
  • Learn about the country you will be visiting, "know before you go" to make the most of this cultural opportunity!

  • Families should plan and be able to provide recreational, educational and sightseeing opportunities for the foreign student during his/her visit.

  • Discuss ways the student can act as a goodwill ambassador while on exchange.

Local Rotary Clubs
  • Distribute brochures, applications, and country preference forms to potential applicants.

  • Interview applicants and parents.

  • Provide a counselor for the applicant and his/her family.

  • Visit the applicant’s home to determine that the family is able to host the foreign student.

  • Invite US/Canadian applicant and his/her parents to a Rotary meeting prior to departure.

  • Invite the foreign & US/Canadian students to a Rotary meeting while they are both in our district.

  • Be available to help the foreign student with any concerns or problems.

Sponsoring Rotary Clubs

Forward completed and approved applications listed above & fees to the Youth Exchange Office on or before the November 30 and December 30 due dates above.  

More Information:

Short Term Exchange Brochure

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