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2 Orientation for Inbound Exchange Students Rotary District 6670 September 10, 2006

3 Introduction Welcome to District 6670 Our goal for you - The Year of a Lifetime We are excited you are with us !!! Rotarian introductions (name, club)

4 Our District Youth Exchange Organization

5 What You Will Learn Today New friends Rotary expectations Helpful ideas for you Calendar of activities

6 New Friends Introductions –Exchange students (12) 6 young men; 6 young ladies 11 countries –Please tell us your Name Country Host club and high school Favorite hobbies

7 Our New Countries

8 CHALLENGES FOR THE ROTARY EXCHANGE STUDENT Host Rotary Club Host Families Exchange Student / Counselor Your Community School Friends in High School Host Rotary District

9 Items Your Rotary Counselor Must Now Have Paid for return airline ticket Emergency fund ($350) Passport and Visa

10 Your Rotary Insurance All students must buy the Ohio-Erie health insurance policy Cost is $235 and must be paid today Insurance cards do NOT have your name on them but you need it if you go to the doctor Do not throw the cards away

11 Break! To inspect passports, visas and airline tickets Collect $235 for health insurance Pass out health insurance cards Pass out student ID cards

12 Challenges Adapting to rules of your host family Doing well in school Homesickness / making close friends Speaking English Following the rules of Rotary Getting involved in Rotary club and community

13 Host Family Expectations Be a member of the family Share responsibilities of the home Be considerate, ask permission Understand their position -- sometimes they will have to say no to requests

14 Sample Family Rules No smoking Be on time Curfew They need to know your friends Keep up with homework from school No telephone after certain hour See list of questions to ask each new host family at

15 Expectations at School Have clear understanding of school credits while you are here Say thank you to school teachers School requires you to attend classes regularly and be a good student Sometimes Rotary will take you out of school; you are expected to make up work

16 Making Close Friends A major challenge to YE students Be careful to choose the right set of friends Join clubs; actively participate –Interact (in many of the schools) –Sports –Theater –Band, orchestra

17 Speaking English Often students speak own language –Considered quite rude –Forces others away from you This is major problem Ask questions when you need help

18 Speaking English

19 Following the Rules of Rotary

20 4 Ds + 1: Revisited No –Drinking –Driving –Drugs –Dating –and finally … No Dumb Things

21 4 Ds Revisited What do we mean by: –No Drinking No Peer drinking Acceptable in a family context Cultural norms –No Driving No vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, jet skis Riding lawnmowers are okay

22 4 Ds Revisited What do we mean by: –No Drugs No non-prescription – illegal drugs No drugs that dont belong to you –not talking about borrowing an aspirin –No Dating No exclusive relationships WHY? Encourage group dating or going out to events with different people of both genders

23 4 Ds Revisited What do we mean by: –No Dumb Things Ask yourself the following 2 Questions: 1.If my mother was here, what would she say? 2.Is what I am about to do, something I might be sent home for?

24 Other Rotary Expectations Follow rules signed in application Make every effort to adapt to family Seek Rotary help (counselor, others) Remember -- RYE not a travel program. Permission will NOT be given for independent travel! Be prepared to give slide show presentation to Rotary club during year

25 Getting Involved in Community Rotarians will ask for your involvement in Rotary and community –Rotary meetings –Orientations for American students –Programs to Rotary clubs –Programs to schools and clubs Be prepared to say yes and be proud to be ambassador for your country and for Rotary

26 Statement of Conduct for Working with Youth Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of and to prevent the physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact.

27 Where to Go for Help Some problems will occur You must ask for help, in this order –Host family –Club counselor –Inbound chairman –Youth exchange officer

28 Protecting Yourself Living in a foreign country where you are unfamiliar with the culture and language can expose you to a number of risks Learning how to anticipate and avoid risks is the preferred action What will you do if you find yourself in a situation in which you feel uncomfortable? How will you handle it?

29 Protecting Yourself Although rarely an issue, sexual abuse and sexual harassment are two topics that need to be addressed. Basic Definitions: –Sexual Abuse – Forcing or encouraging someone, regardless of age or gender, to engage in implicit or explicit sexual acts alone or with another person. –Examples: Indecent exposure Exposing a student to sexual or pornographic material

30 Watch BSA scenario on sexual abuse Protecting Yourself

31 Watch BSA Scenario on Sexual Abuse

32 Protecting Yourself Basic Definitions: –Sexual Harassment – Not as severe as abuse. Usually verbal or written in nature, but can be physical. Often used by sexual predators to desensitize or groom their victims for abuse. –Examples: Sexual advances Sexual jokes, reference to sexual conduct Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, or drawings Sexual leering or inappropriate physical contact (such as brushing or touching)

33 Protecting Yourself Watch BSA scenario on harassment

34 Teahouse of the August Moon – 1952 In Okinawa, bathing in public bath with naked lady, is quite proper. Picture of naked lady in private home, is quite improper. In America, statue of naked lady in park wins a prize, But real naked lady in park wins a penalty. Conclusion? Pornography is a question of geography Protecting Yourself

35 Rotary has an obligation to report all incidents of sexual abuse to the proper authorities Each of you has an obligation to report incidents to Rotary, especially if it involves another Exchange Student

36 Student Protection District 6670 has two non-Rotarian Counselors –Dr. Lazaro Pages, M.D. Home phone: Office phone: –Mrs. Vickie Williamson Home phone: Cell phone:

37 District Activities Hamilton OvernightOct , 2006 TBANov DG Christmas PartyDec. 17, 2006 Fairborn Basketball Overnight Jan , 2006 Washington CH weekend Feb , 2006 Eastern Adventure Trip Feb. 24-Mar. 4, 2006 TBAMarch 4-12, 2006 District ConferenceApril 27-29, 2006 Cincinnati Rotary eventMay 2006 Western Adventure TripJune 13-27, 2006

38 Eastern Adventure A Journey Through the Great Eastern American Cities Sign up as soon as possible –First to register will go; last will not. Space is limited – $380 deposit required, total cost $760

39 Western Adventure Fly to Phoenix, Arizona –Motor coach tour of the Western U.S. –Yellowstone Park, Grand Teton, Grand Canyon –San Francisco, Reno, Lake Tahoe –Whitewater rafting, hiking Sign up as soon as possible –First to register will go; last will not. Space is limited – $900 deposit required, total cost $1,800

40 Scenes from previous Western Adventure trips Alcatraz Island Las Vegas, Nevada Whitewater rafting Grand Teton

41 Summary We have a great year planned You will have the opportunities –To learn our culture –To make friends from all over the world Much of the success of your year will depend on you We are more than eager to help

42 One Last Request Your Name, Address &Telephone # must be kept current in US SEVIS database Please inform Eric Marcus when you move families and provide the needed information including host family

43 Youth Exchange Chairs District Chair: Eric Marcus –(H) (C) Inbound Chair: vacant Outbound Chair: Mac Hickman –(H) (C) STEP Chairs: Michael Kinner –(H) (W) Monte Zinn (or Julie, his secretary) –(W)

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