Rotary Youth Exchange

Youth Exchange is one of Rotary International’s structured programs designed to help clubs and districts achieve their service goals in their own communities and in communities abroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in the process.

The long-term Youth Exchange program is an exchange program for secondary school students. Students travel to other countries to learn about the culture and the language as well as act as a cultural ambassador for their own country.

  • The first exchanges began in 1927 involving only European students
  • Exchanges between California and Latin American countries started in 1939
  • Activities spread to the Eastern United States in 1958
  • Youth Exchange became an official program of RI in 1972
  • More than 8,000 students have participate each year in over 60 countries
  • 86% of all Rotary districts participate in the Youth Exchange program
  • Rotary Youth Exchange is an affordable exchange program
  • Rotary Youth Exchange is open to the children or Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike

More Information

Youth Exchange Overview Presentation
Youth Exchange Handbook
Guide for Host Families
Guide for Exchange Students
Youth Exchange Program Guidance.doc

Host Families Orientation Program.ppt

Outbound Exchange Student Preliminary Application


Shepherdstown Rotary Club #24552, District  7350, established 1987.
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