In this video our 2016-17 outbound students share their stories of exchange.

What is Rotary Youth Exchange?

As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will spend an academic year living with host families and attending school in a different country.

Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you will learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.

Globally minded

Rotary clubs are made up of volunteers who are involved in community service, emphasize high ethical standards, and work toward peace and understanding in the world. Over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs create the extensive network that provides support for Rotary Youth Exchange.

A commitment to youth

Rotary maintains a strong connection to youth and young adults. In addition to Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary clubs sponsor youth service clubs such as Interact, Rotaract, and RYLA and offer career development and mentoring programs.

Rotary is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in its programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange.

Program costs

Rotary club volunteers administer the program at the local level, which helps keep costs low for students and their families. These volunteers often offer years of experience with students, host families, and fellow Rotarians who are involved in the program.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Rotary District 5180 Youth Exchange Co-Chairman, Dean Henricks

The District Rotary Youth Exchange Committee meets online or in person on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. See the calendar for details or contact Dean Henricks at for place and time.