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Due to Covid-19 information for the 2021-2022 exchange year is not available yet. Please check back in mid October. The information should be available at that time.

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Information Available in mid October









Everyone has a choice in life - take the well-tread path or chart their own. 


What would it be like to study for an entire academic year in Paris, Bogota, or one of 40 other countries in high school?  Unlike most college programs, you will be living with local families, being taught in a foreign language, and being part of the largest high school exchange program with over 10,000 students participating every year. 


If being away for the entire year is not your thing, why not spend part of the summer living with a host sibling somewhere in the world?  You choose where you want to live and Rotary finds an acceptable host sister or brother for a couple of months.  For up to 3-5 weeks you live abroad and then your foreign sibling comes back home with you for the same period of time.  You can customize the exchange anyway you and your foreign sibling like.


Rotary offers lots of choices and students have been participating in our programs for the last 60+ years. 


What are we looking for?  Students who can think for themselves, are flexible and willing to experience new cultures and customs, and be able to blend into a host family seamlessly displaying a smile and being grateful to their host parents.  We recognize that this experience is not for everyone.  But if this looks like something that would interest you - just read through this website and contact us with your most challenging questions.


In this chaotic and challenging world that we live in, Rotary choose to not send out students for the 2020 -2021 year because of Covid.   We will be interviewing students this year for programs starting the Summer of 2021 and beyond.  Of course, Rotary will be following all the safety protocols and International guidance governing safe exchanges in the future.  Hopefully, our program and programs like ours will be given the green light to commence operations in 2021.   Since life moves quickly, we will be proceeding this year - interviewing and orienting students for departure next Summer. 


We invite you to explore our program and hopefully we can meet in the future.


 Yours in Rotary,

 Rich Friedman, Chair 20-23

Eastern States Student Exchange


 "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it solely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime."                                                                 Mark Twain