About Rotary Youth Exchange and ESSEX

Developing future world leaders and peace builders 

Rotary Youth Exchange is an experiential program that provides students ages 15-18 1/2 the opportunity to study abroad while experiencing another culture, learning a new language and becoming a global citizen. It was started in the 1920s by Rotary International, an international service organization of more than a million business and professional leaders worldwide. By sponsoring inbound and outbound exchange students, Rotary clubs strive to build peace one young person at a time.

In addition to building lifelong skills in leadership, understanding of other perspectives and the ability to adapt to new environments, Rotary exchange students build lifelong friendships.


What is ESSEX?

The Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX) is a consortium of Rotary districts (a group of Rotary clubs in a geographic region) that organizes Rotary Youth Exchange programs. ESSEX supports long-term and short-term exchanges in 16 states in the eastern United States, Bermuda and Quebec, Canada. ESSEX serves as a resource for outbound and inbound students, host families and hundreds of volunteers at the district and club level.


Find out if ESSEX coordinates Rotary Exchange in your area

If you live in the eastern United States, Bermuda or Quebec, Canada, ESSEX may coordinate Rotary student exchange programs in your area. Find out by clicking on the map.

Essex Student on Exchange

Learn About Rotary Exchange

Find out why Rotary is one of the safest and most affordable exchange programs.

Become a Host Family

Become a Host Family

 Learn how bringing a Rotary Exchange student into your home can benefit your family and the student.