Rotary arranges exchanges and camps for 15/17 year olds, giving the chance to immerse in a foreign culture, learn the language, and meet up with students of your own age. You will come back with an amazing experience to add to your C.V. or University Application.
The main programmes are:
Short Term Exchange
Spend 3 weeks, usually in the summer holidays, staying with an exchange partner in their family home, exploring another culture and another language. You and your family then host your exchange partner for 3 weeks. There are no costs apart from Travel. Insurance and pocket money
Camps and Tours
Every year Rotary Clubs all over the world host Camps and Tours – normally 10-15 days. The participants will be from a wide range of counties, and the activities vary from cultural to sporting to social. If you go to the website youthexchange.org.uk and scroll down to Camps and Tours, you will be able to see the variety offered. The costs are modest – really good value for money.
Rotary has been running these exchanges for over 60 years. You and your parents can be assured of a safe environment, and we take seriously the health, safety and welfare of all participants. Each year, over 7000 young people worldwide enjoy the experience of a lifetime though Rotary Youth Exchange.
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE
The website - youthexchange.org.uk – gives a useful summary
The RI website - https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges - gives a good overview
Or contact Iain Gow (District Youth Exchange Officer) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
NEW GENERATION SERVICE EXCHANGE (NGSE)
New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30.
Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.
What are the benefits?
- Make connections with service-minded community leaders in another country
- Learn another language
- Build your professional skills and gain international experience
- Travel and explore a new culture while giving back through service
What is an exchange like?
With your host Rotary district, you’ll plan activities that can include networking, relationship building, humanitarian service, professional development, and leadership training. Exchanges:
- Last from a few weeks to six months
- Can be arranged for individuals or groups
- Need not be reciprocal
How much does it cost?
Costs vary by Rotary club or district. To reduce expenses, Rotary members often provide homestay options, arrange no-cost internship or job-shadowing programs, and offer other financial assistance.
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE
The RI website - https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/new-generations-service-exchange - has a good overview.