ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
IT’S TIME TO LOOK FOR OUTBOUND YOUTH EXCHANGE CANDIDATES
FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR
For more information on Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange is an excellent and inexpensive way for high school age students to travel and study in a foreign country. For Long-Term exchange, District 6450 belongs to Central States Rotary Youth Exchange (CSRYE), which covers 17 Rotary Districts in the Midwest and Ontario, Canada.
Long-Term exchange involves spending 10 to 11 months in another country. Participants must be between the ages of 16 and 19 and in the upper 50% of their high school class to be eligible and it is possible to go after completing high school as long as the participant is not older than 19 at the start of the exchange year. They will be required to attend a year of high school during their exchange and will live as a family member in the homes of 1 to 3 host families.
Youth exchange gives the participant the opportunity to improve their language skills and school and family experiences will teach them the culture of their host country. They also act as ambassadors for their home country. Each year the Rotary Districts that are part of CSRYE send approximately 300 young people to other countries and accept 300 young people from other countries in return.
Accepting a youth exchange student into your club, community and household can be a very rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity for you, your family and your fellow Rotarians to learn about a different culture and also help a young person understand your culture. The goal of Rotary Youth Exchange is to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the person to person level.
For more information go to www.csrye.org