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As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country.
For more than 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.
Rotary District 5030, located on the Seattle/Puget Sound area, is a participant in the worldwide Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The Short-Term and Long-Term Youth Exchange programs provide students 15 1/2 to 18 years old with an opportunity to live in a foreign country with a host family or families and experience the culture of the host country while serving as an ambassador for their home country. Long Term Exchange students spend the school year living with host families and attending high school. The Short Term program is an eight week family-to-family program in which two students in two countries are paired with each other and they each host the other student for a month. It's four weeks in each country.
Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.