You can bring the world closer by sponsoring an exchange student.

Give students the ability to expand their boundaries

Hosting exchange students demonstrates a Rotary club’s commitment to International Service and is also rewarding and fun for members. As a participating club, you will also have an impact on helping a young person experience a safe way to open their minds by experiencing a new culture.

Whether your club determines to sponsor students participating in the long-term program or short-term program, you should designate a Youth Exchange Officer for your club.

The Long-term Program

Outbound responsibilities

  • Visit local high schools and/or local community organizations in early fall to promote the Rotary exchange program and recruit prospective students. The children of club members also represent an opportunity to recruit prospective students.
  • Meet with interested students and their families and conduct interviews.
  • Invite outbound students to one or more Rotary meetings prior to leaving and upon their return.

Inbound responsibilities

  • Find host families. Families can be either Rotarians or community members.
  • Coordinate inbound student enrollment in school.
  • Designate a club member to serve as the inbound student’s counselor. This individual can be the exchange officer.
  • Invite inbound student to participate in club meetings (including providing transportation to and from meetings), service projects and social events.
  • Provide the student a designated monthly allowance. This is required for long-term exchange students and is paid directly to students in accordance with the U.S. State Department.
  • Pay additional hosting costs as determined by your District Youth Exchange committee.

The Short-term Program

  • Find students and families who wish to participate in a one-to-one summer exchange.
  • Interview students and parents.
  • Invite both the outbound and inbound students to participate in meetings.
Become a Host Family

Ready to Get Started?

Contact your District Youth Exchange Chair.

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Volunteer Application

Apply to become a Youth Exchange volunteer.