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Rotary Youth Exchange Students

Rotary District 5190, located northeastern California and Northern Nevada, is an active participant in the world wide Rotary Youth Exchange Program. The Short Term and Long Term Youth Exchange programs provide students 15 to 18 _ years old with an opportunity to live in a foreign country with a host family or families and experience the culture of the host country while serving as an ambassador for their home country. Long Term Exchange students spend 10 - 12 months living with host families and attending high school. The Short Term program is a 6 - 8 week family-to-family program in which two students in two countries are paired with each other and they each host the other student for 3 - 4 weeks.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program provides thousands of young students from around the world with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding. Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and peace. The program offers numerous benefits to its young participants and their Rotarian hosts and mentors, as well as to the community at large. Through Youth Exchange, students learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country. As their concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Immersion in another country's educational system enhances their academic and personal growth. Host clubs and families and the entire community are enriched by extended, friendly contact with someone from a different culture.

Student Selection

It is standard practice for local Rotary districts and clubs to screen youth interested in the program by using detailed applications and interviews. This process helps ensure that only highly responsible and mature students are sent on an exchange. Generally, students are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Scholastic record
  • Linguistic ability
  • Community involvement
  • Potential as a cultural ambassador
  • Age

If you are interested in becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange student, please contact us at Rotary District 5190 by sending email to: info@rye5190.org.

What is Exchange?

Exchange is change. Rapid, brutal, beautiful, hurtful, colourful, amazing, unexpected, overwhelming and most of all constant change. Change in lifestyle, country, language, friends, parents, houses, school, simply everything. Exchange is realizing that everything they told you beforehand is wrong, but also right in a way.

Exchange is going from thinking you know who you are, to having no idea who you are anymore to being someone new. But not entirely new. You are still the person you were before but you jumped into that ice cold lake...

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Testimonials

"I consider the last six months of my life the best to date. Really. I have seen so much I have trouble believing it myself. But what’s even greater, is the fact that I have another five to top it off! I owe many heartfelt “thanks” to the Rotary Clubs of Pollock Pines/Camino and Placerville and District 5190; you guys have really made me one happy exchange student."

Ian, Outbound to Germany 2003 - 2004

"Hey Guys -- I'm really sorry that I haven't sent any news since I've been back but I simply didn't have the time because I went on vacation almost right away, without Internet. Well I'm glad everybody is doing well. Here nothing has changed but I see it differently. I miss the US so much, especially my host families and, of course, you guys that sometimes it's hard to realize that this year is over and belongs to the past. Of course we'll go back someday but nothing is going to be the same. Sometimes I just think about all the great things that happened to me this year, the wonderful people I had the chance to meet and there's no easier way to put a smile on my face. I really hope I'll see you guys again in the future and if not I want to thank you just for being a part of the best year of my life."

Paul, Inbound from France 2004 - 2005

Rotary Youth Exchange - Recent News
  • February 19, 2014
    On your first few days in your new host home, will you be able to ask your host mom about washing laundry? Click here for a list of First Night Questions, in both your host country language and in English.
  • April 12, 2014
    Outbound Orientation Weekend, Carson Plaza Conference Center, Carson City
  • June 28, 2014
    Outbound Orientation, Parasol Foundation, Incline Village
  • August 2, 2014
    Rebound Meeting, Parasol Foundation, Incline Village
  • May 16, 2014
    District Conference, John Ascuaga's Nugget, Sparks
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