2 Welcome About your speakers today: Name Club/Profession/Years in RotaryPersonal Exchange Program Experience
3 What is Rotary?Rotary International is a Service Club working at local and international levels in free countries.1.2 Million members in 32,000 clubs worldwideLocal Projects: RotaCare Clinic, Rotary Salvation Army Food Bank, Coats for Kids, Dictionaries for 3rd Graders, ScholarshipsInternational Projects: Polio Plus, Clean Water, Humanitarian Aid, Youth Exchange, Peace Scholars
4 Rotary Youth Exchange The First Rotary Youth Exchange was in 1927 8,000 students participate every yearApproximately 80 Countries worldwideThere are Three Ways to Join the Fun:Full Year ProgramSummer ProgramHost Family for visiting students
5 Benefits of Youth Exchange Youth Exchange allows students toMeet people from other countries and experience their culture firsthandGain a better understanding of the basic needs we all share and the diversity that makes each culture unique
6 Full Year Exchange Program Spend a full school year abroadAttend high school for duration of exchangeMust be age 15 ½ - 17 at time of departureSeniors are NOT eligible – No “Gap Year”Live with one or more host familiesAttend Rotary meetings/events of host clubMake friendships that last a lifetimeReturning students attribute their experience as “The best year of my life!”
7 Full Year Program CostFixed price for program is $5, – includes roundtrip airfare, travel insurance, VISA documentsEmergency Fund of $ – must be replenished if used during exchangeSpending Money – gifts for host clubs and familiesPassport – order one now if you don’t have oneRoom and board are provided by hosts – makes Rotary program affordableMost countries provide student with modest monthly allowanceTotal Average Cost: $5, $6,000.00
8 Full Year Exchange Notes Credits may or may not be transferrable – talk to your counselorApplication process is competitive:Foreign language a plusAbove average gradesAware of current affairs, politics, historyGood ambassador for school, community, countryActive in school, community – sports, volunteerismAgree to abide by rulesYour parents agree to host or help find a host family
9 Summer Exchange Program Family to Family exchange – your family must agree to host studentSpend 3-6 Weeks abroad with exchange partner’s familyYour family hosts your exchange partner for 3-6 weeksMust be age 15 ½ - 18 at time of departureSeniors ARE eligibleAttend Rotary meetings/events of host club if invited
10 Summer Program Cost Price of roundtrip airfare approximately $1,500.00 Travel Insurance Policy is $150.00Application fee is $100.00Spending moneyPassport, VISA’s, travel documentsRoom and board is provided by host countryApproximate cost $1, $2,000.00
11 Summer Program Notes Application Process is competitive: Foreign language a plusAbove average gradesAware of current affairs, politics, historyGood ambassador for school, community, countryStudent must be active in school and community – sports, volunteerismComfortable away from family for extended timeResponsible and matureAgree to abide by rulesParents or relatives must host your exchange partner
12 CountriesApplicant can submit top 3 choices but destination is not always guaranteedFull Year: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, India, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Russia, TaiwanSummer: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Poland, Norway, Great Britain
13 More CountriesOther countries may be possible if they have Rotary districts with an approved Youth Exchange program and allow students to exchange during August – July timeframe.Most Southern Hemisphere countries are not possible for our district to exchange with because their summer vacation occurs during our school year. This includes Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand, Africa and S. America.
14 Application Process Application Timeline is available on our website Reserve an interview timeSubmit substantially completed applicationAttend club level interview with both parents in NovemberSuccessful students attend district level interview with both parents in DecemberStudents accepted into program will be notified of ther destinations in March or AprilTravel arrangements are made April – MaySummer exchanges take place Late June – AugustFull Year exchanges depart mid August
15 Become a Host FamilyPromote Peace and Understanding without travelling!Host an inbound student for 3-4 months of their exchangeLearn about a new culture and gain a brother or sisterStudent becomes a member of your familyHost family is expected to provide room and board, transportation to school, incidental expensesRotary does not provide a stipend to host familiesAll adults living in the home must pass a background check
16 Meet an Exchange Student Today you have the opportunity to hear from a current or former Rotary Youth Exchange student who will share their experiences with you.NameHome CountrySchool
17 Questions Interested in Rotary Youth Exchange? Have a question for your presenter?Go ahead and raise your hand!THANK YOU!