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Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families Needed Fall 2024

We are currently seeking Rotary Youth Exchange Host Families in our community to potentially host our incoming exchange student.  The student will attend Jefferson High School for the 2024/2025 academic year.  Hosting a Rotary Exchange student is a rewarding opportunity to welcome a high school student from a different country into your home. Your family will form a lifelong connection to a student from one of the more than 160 countries that participate in youth exchange.

Why host an exchange student

As a host family, you’ll embark on a rewarding experience while helping a high school student achieve their dreams and goals. Your family will learn the culture, customs and traditions of the exchange student while sharing everything from your family traditions to favorite foods.

What hosting means for your family

  • Make the student part of your family at home.
  • Commitment to hosting of 3-6 months
  • Provide general room and board.
  • Exercise general parental supervision, just like you do with your children.
  • Involve the student in family activities.
  • Help the student adjust to a different culture and a new language.
  • Provide a safe, secure environment.

How it works

  1. Complete the application. You will need to include:
    • Three references.
    • Photos of your home, including the student’s bedroom.
  2. Participate in a personal interview and home visit.
  3. Have all family members over the age of 18 participate and pass a background check.
  4. Participate in an orientation on hosting an exchange student.


Any interested Rotarians or community volunteers should contact Cara Keys at 240-367-5152 or