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1 The Long-Term Effects of Youth Exchange Dennis White, Ph.D.

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3 2009 marked the 50 th year of long term Rotary Youth Exchange This means over the next 10 or 15 years we will be hearing of 50 th anniversaries of Youth Exchange in many districts around the world

4 How Have I Changed? How Have I Changed.doc How Have I Changed? How Have I Changed.doc How Have I Changed.doc How Have I Changed.doc An exercise using 44 statements that have often been identified by exchange students as significant changes from the experience. An exercise using 44 statements that have often been identified by exchange students as significant changes from the experience.

5 I saw my country from the outside and I saw my host country from the inside, which showed me what 'point of view' means. Natalia Rodriques Natalia Rodriques

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7 Ethnorelativism: The acquired ability to see many values and behaviors as cultural rather than universal. The acquired ability to see many values and behaviors as cultural rather than universal.

8 Since I came back to my country, Spain, I've been realizing all I learned here, I thought I knew it, but I didn't so much. I had hard times getting used to my new life in Spain, getting back to my own country, family and culture again. Since I came back to my country, Spain, I've been realizing all I learned here, I thought I knew it, but I didn't so much. I had hard times getting used to my new life in Spain, getting back to my own country, family and culture again. Laura Sanchez Leon

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12 I'm a new person. I'm not the same Laura that I used to be. I have grown up and I've discovered things about myself. I know who I am now, what I want in life and how I want it, and this is the result of my Rotary experience in the US. I'm a new person. I'm not the same Laura that I used to be. I have grown up and I've discovered things about myself. I know who I am now, what I want in life and how I want it, and this is the result of my Rotary experience in the US. Laura Sanchez Leon Laura Sanchez Leon

13 Typical Short-term Changes Typical Short-term Changes (1) Personal development and competences (2) Intercultural learning (3) Relations to the host country (4) Foreign languages (5) Social competence

14 More abstract changes: PerceptivenessPerceptiveness Tolerance of differencesTolerance of differences Adaptability/creativityAdaptability/creativity

15 “Living Outside the Box” Living abroad boosts creativity Living in another country can be a cherished experience, but new research suggests it might also help expand minds. This research, published by the American Psychological Association, is the first of its kind to look at the link between living abroad and creativity. Living in another country can be a cherished experience, but new research suggests it might also help expand minds. This research, published by the American Psychological Association, is the first of its kind to look at the link between living abroad and creativity.

16 I learned to … think outside the box, see the world with other eyes… Natalia Rodriques Natalia Rodriques

17 The Candle Problem The Candle Problem

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20 I had so much fun, I learned a new language, I made wonderful friends from all over the world, I met awesome people here, like my host families, I traveled around the states and I just couldn't ask for anything else. I had so much fun, I learned a new language, I made wonderful friends from all over the world, I met awesome people here, like my host families, I traveled around the states and I just couldn't ask for anything else.

21 But, this was just the beginning of my new life. I was just 15 years old when I came to the US, and 16 years old when I went back to Spain, but when I returned I felt like I could do whatever I wanted for my life, I was ready for everything. But, this was just the beginning of my new life. I was just 15 years old when I came to the US, and 16 years old when I went back to Spain, but when I returned I felt like I could do whatever I wanted for my life, I was ready for everything.

22 I'm graduating next year and I've worked with Rotary Spain as a Rotex, I contributed with the Spanish Red cross, and I hope to become an international relations student someday. I'm graduating next year and I've worked with Rotary Spain as a Rotex, I contributed with the Spanish Red cross, and I hope to become an international relations student someday.

23 It took me a while to recognize everything I learned here, all the life values that the Rotarians taught me. I am so glad that I did it and I want to say THANK YOU again, for giving me the opportunity to be here during a year, to learn so much, to share all those values with me, and to make me a better person. Thank you Rotary Club of Scottsdale. It took me a while to recognize everything I learned here, all the life values that the Rotarians taught me. I am so glad that I did it and I want to say THANK YOU again, for giving me the opportunity to be here during a year, to learn so much, to share all those values with me, and to make me a better person. Thank you Rotary Club of Scottsdale. Laura Sanchez Leon Laura Sanchez Leon

24 …as you hear from most exchange students, I had the best year of my life. I learned more about myself, about who I am and who I'm not. I learned about culture and that culture you don't have to judge, you have to respect. I've been in places and done things I would never imagine I would do. …as you hear from most exchange students, I had the best year of my life. I learned more about myself, about who I am and who I'm not. I learned about culture and that culture you don't have to judge, you have to respect. I've been in places and done things I would never imagine I would do.

25 Love moves you and distance is nothing when you have real love, at home or host country, wherever you are. Also, I learned how important it is to say 'thank you'. Thank you all for being part of the best year of my life. Love moves you and distance is nothing when you have real love, at home or host country, wherever you are. Also, I learned how important it is to say 'thank you'. Thank you all for being part of the best year of my life. Natalia Rodriques Natalia Rodriques

26 Justina, D. 6220, Sturgeon Bay, WI. Justina, D. 6220, Sturgeon Bay, WI. I hope all of you are doing good, being as awesome as always, laughing a lot and helping others. I hope all of you are doing good, being as awesome as always, laughing a lot and helping others. I don’t want this to be a sad letter from a desperate exchange student who wants to come back, but unfortunately it kind of is. I don’t want this to be a sad letter from a desperate exchange student who wants to come back, but unfortunately it kind of is. I really miss you guys and I hope you kept your promise to remember me. Best wishes from your favorite Lithuanian. Justina I really miss you guys and I hope you kept your promise to remember me. Best wishes from your favorite Lithuanian. Justina

27 Typical Short-term Changes Typical Short-term Changes (1) Personal development and competences (2) Intercultural learning (3) Relations to the host country (4) Foreign languages (5) Social competence

28 Long Term (10 year) studies: (1) A Nice Experience to Have (20%) (2) Mosaic (20%) (3) Domino (30%) (4) Turning point (30%) Domino + Turning Point = 60%

29 Makena Doherty Gainsville, Fl RYE Bahia BrasilGainsville, Fl RYE Bahia Brasil U of F, BA, Conflict Resolution U of F, BA, Conflict Resolution Study Abroad Grenoble, France Study Abroad Grenoble, France 2009 Moved to Valeggio Italy (6 months)2009 Moved to Valeggio Italy (6 months) 2010 Worked for Bello USA Travel Agency based in Brasil2010 Worked for Bello USA Travel Agency based in Brasil 2005 – 2012 Assisted RYE Fl. as Rotex2005 – 2012 Assisted RYE Fl. as Rotex 2013 – Joined US Peace Corps, Albania2013 – Joined US Peace Corps, Albania

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34 “I soon learned that people all over the world are very similar but do things in very different ways. In the beginning it seems so odd but by the end you see that everything in that culture really does work. This made me respect people more for who they really are.”

35 “At the age of 16 you are in the process of growing up - but you are not really there yet. You have a lot of questions about life, people, behaviors and so on. “At the age of 16 you are in the process of growing up - but you are not really there yet. You have a lot of questions about life, people, behaviors and so on. When I left my secure home to a completely new family, friends and surroundings I discovered the strengths in myself and of course the weaknesses in myself and learned to deal with them” When I left my secure home to a completely new family, friends and surroundings I discovered the strengths in myself and of course the weaknesses in myself and learned to deal with them”

36 “Now, I feel secure wherever I go and know that if I act from my heart and with good sense I will always be able to handle the challenges I may face.” “Now, I feel secure wherever I go and know that if I act from my heart and with good sense I will always be able to handle the challenges I may face.”

37 “The year meant so much both in learning about myself and another culture. I believe this exchange was the initial trigger for a chain of constructive activities. It was clearly the spark for igniting my personal development for the rest of my life.” It was clearly the spark for igniting my personal development for the rest of my life.”

38 Terri Sawyer

39 “Rotary Youth Exchange did not change my life – It gave birth to it!” It gave birth to it!”

40 “Before my exchange, I had the dream of working in the factory or waiting tables in my little town in Pennsylvania. Then, the love of my host parents and friends began to touch me. And by the time I got on the plane to go home, I could not shake the feeling that somehow I had changed. From there it led to everything in my life.” From there it led to everything in my life.”

41 “I see that my exchange has influenced each part of my life as a social worker, a therapist, a parent and a Rotarian. Where did this new way of life come from? Where did this amazing and awesome world I created through humanitarian service come from? Well that is easy, My Rotary Youth Exchange”.

42 Clarissa “Cacai” Medeiros

43 “I found out that when I decide I can do something, and I really focus on it, it happens. The first time was when I found myself speaking another language.” “I found out that when I decide I can do something, and I really focus on it, it happens. The first time was when I found myself speaking another language.” “I’m not afraid of TRYING. I say YES. I accept every challenge and I believe there’s nothing I can’t try. Maybe I won’t be able to do it, but I need to find it out trying.” “I’m not afraid of TRYING. I say YES. I accept every challenge and I believe there’s nothing I can’t try. Maybe I won’t be able to do it, but I need to find it out trying.”

44 “I don’t worry about everything. If the career goes wrong, I can move to any place and start over. If I lose everything I have, I will move to America and work for McDonalds. “I don’t worry about everything. If the career goes wrong, I can move to any place and start over. If I lose everything I have, I will move to America and work for McDonalds. It’s been my Plan B since 1993!” It’s been my Plan B since 1993!”

45 “And that thirst for new culture has accompanied me since. I see it as fuel to keep me going on. “And that thirst for new culture has accompanied me since. I see it as fuel to keep me going on. When I have a new trip planned and I know I will see new places, new things, learn new languages and get new friends, the feeling is so good. When I have a new trip planned and I know I will see new places, new things, learn new languages and get new friends, the feeling is so good. It’s like a drug, and I can’t live without it anymore. It’s like a drug, and I can’t live without it anymore.

46 The “NEW” helps my creativity, makes connections in my mind, and I believe, turns me into a better person every time happens.” The “NEW” helps my creativity, makes connections in my mind, and I believe, turns me into a better person every time happens.”

47 “The exchange experience introduced a turning point in my life. “The exchange experience introduced a turning point in my life. I regard it as the starting point for my life taking another course, breaking away from established structures. I regard it as the starting point for my life taking another course, breaking away from established structures. It was a starting point for a totally different concept, religious, self, attitude towards consumption, belief in justice and my professional career.” It was a starting point for a totally different concept, religious, self, attitude towards consumption, belief in justice and my professional career.”

48 “It has changed everything. If hadn’t been an exchange student, I wouldn’t speak English. “It has changed everything. If hadn’t been an exchange student, I wouldn’t speak English. If I didn’t speak English, I wouldn’t be a YEO. If I didn’t speak English, I wouldn’t be a YEO. If I wasn’t a YEO I wouldn’t be friends with Dennis White. If I wasn’t a YEO I wouldn’t be friends with Dennis White. If I wasn’t Dennis White’s friend, I wouldn’t have to be answering this survey right now, and I would be sleeping instead!” If I wasn’t Dennis White’s friend, I wouldn’t have to be answering this survey right now, and I would be sleeping instead!”

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52 “Rotary promotes peace in the world, and the best way to start working for peace is inclusion, and for that, exchange programs are very good. “Rotary promotes peace in the world, and the best way to start working for peace is inclusion, and for that, exchange programs are very good. No matter what race, color or religion, a family in another part of the world is able to receive and accept that person. No matter what race, color or religion, a family in another part of the world is able to receive and accept that person.

53 And that inclusion also means to accept people with different abilities, in my case, a deaf mute. And that inclusion also means to accept people with different abilities, in my case, a deaf mute. I have been accepted by a family that did not have any contact with the deaf community, and now I feel safe and secure with them. I have been accepted by a family that did not have any contact with the deaf community, and now I feel safe and secure with them.

54 Just because I can not use a telephone, I can still pass on my culture, my desire to see the world and make new friends. Just because I can not use a telephone, I can still pass on my culture, my desire to see the world and make new friends. This exchange has allowed me to demonstrate that we are all equal, and that people with different abilities can show that if given the opportunity. This exchange has allowed me to demonstrate that we are all equal, and that people with different abilities can show that if given the opportunity. Thank you Rotary for the opportunity.” Thank you Rotary for the opportunity.”

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56 The Long-Term Effects of Youth Exchange Dennis White, Ph.D.

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