Introduction Aad / Youth Exchange @ District level History & Why we do it How it works / Qualifications / Costs & Obligations Meet Nate Wigren Student Selection & Preparation Youth Exchange @ Club Level Hosting A Student Meet Melanie Redeye Get Involved!! AGENDA
AAD VERMEYDEN President Blueprint Agencies Member of Rotary Club of Brantford (4 years) Chair District Youth Exchange Committee Committee Members: Lisa Yaggie Laurie Albertsson Sarah Reardon Bob Stevenson John Bradley Joanna Turchin Ray Tisi New Generations
> 8,000 Students to over 60 Countries 86% of all Rotary Districts participate Open to all Affordable!! ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
1927 first European exchanges 1939 California exchanges with Latin America 1958 Eastern US gets involved 1972 YOUTH EXCHANGE becomes official within RI YOUTH EXCHANGE HISTORY
Cultural understanding Broader view of the world Deeper understanding of themselves Leadership & communication skills International understanding > world peace WHY DO WE DO IT?
27 Inbounds and 27 Outbounds per Year Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, New Zealand & Australia Argentina, Brazil & Mexico Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Hungary DISTRICT 7090 YOUTH EXCHANGE
Short Term Exchange New Generation Exchange Long Term Exchange Ages 15 – 18 One Year Educational Exchange (High School) Living with (3) Host Families HOW IT WORKS
Above-average student Demonstrated leadership skills Open to new experiences and cultural differences Sponsored by a local Rotary Club Completed written application and in-person interview STUDENTS THAT QUALIFY
Round-trip airfare Health & Accident insurance Travel documents (visa, etc) Emergency fund Spending money WHAT ARE THE COSTS TO THE STUDENT?
Act as an Ambassador for your home country Abide by all program rules of your host club & district Accept the supervision of host family, club & district Ask questions of your host family and local Rotarians Be an active participant in your exchange WHAT DO WE ASK OF OUR STUDENTS?
Counselor Sponsor Rotary Club YEO Sponsor Rotary Club Vice-Chair Region – District YE Committee 7090 Inbound Coordinator Host Country YEO Host Rotary Club Counselor Host Rotary Club ROTARY INVOLVEMENT
2 – 4 months Treat as your own child Enrolled in high school HOSTING A STUDENT
Youth Exchange Officer & Committee Promotion Selection of Student(s) Host Families Look after Inbound Exchange Student(s) Club meetings, Invite to homes/outings, stipend, District weekends, presentation(s) Pay for Outbound (YE Preparation) Weekends and Inbound YE Weekends YOUTH EXCHANGE AT CLUB LEVEL