Youth Exchange

Special Announcement - Fall 2015

District 7610 is currently accepting applications from clubs and students wishing to support a student for a Long-Term Exchange (i.e. live abroad next school year and complete a year of High School there). Interviews for prospective outbound students for 2016-2017 will be held November 20, 2015. Completed applications must be received at least 1 week prior to that date.

Click on the Outbound Youth Exchange Info Sheet to learn more, or contact Matt Leavitt, Youth Exchange Chair:

Matt Leavitt

Participating in a youth exchange is one of the most meaningful and inspiring activities a club can take on. Please let a member of the District Youth Exchange Committee know if you are interested in sponsoring a student on an Outbound Exchange or hosting a student from another country on an Inbound Exchange. The contact information for Rotarians on the District Youth Exchange Committee follows:

Rotary International on Youth Exchanges

Rotary International Youth Exchange webpage (information and resources for Rotary Clubs):

Interested in serving as a Youth Exchange Volunteer?

ESSEX and your local District appreciate your interest in serving as a volunteer, and we are confident that this will be a truly rewarding experience for you.

The US State Department requires that we obtain the information on this form and conduct background checks on all potential volunteers. We assure you that the information that we receive will be treated confidentially, and we thank you for your assistance and understanding.

Youth exchange handbook:

Rotary International Short-term Exchange Brochure:

Rotary International Long-term Exchange Brochure:

Testimonial Videos of Former Rotary Youth Exchange Students:

Majla Custo: Exchange Student from Bosnia to US

Yoko Sekimoto: First Japanese student (1962) to participate in a Rotary Youth Exchange

Eastern States Youth Exchange Program (ESSEX Student Testimonials)



Why Become a Rotary Youth Exchange Student?

(Information for prospective students is taken from the Eastern States Youth Exchange, where more information can be found:

Every year, about 8,000 young people from around the world participate in Rotary's Youth Exchange Program.

With Rotary's Youth Exchange program you will travel to another country, learn a new language, and experience the culture in this new land. You will live with host families as you learn about the culture as you continue your high school education.

As an unofficial ambassador for Rotary, your community and your country, you will bring the world closer together while you're making lifetime friends.

If this experience sounds like something you would like to learn more about contact The District 7610 Youth Change Chair Matt Leavitt (

Information on Rotary Youth Exchange Programs

Each year, Rotary Youth Exchange provides young people the opportunity to experience the cultures, problems and accomplishments of people in other countries. Through this Rotary program, students are given the opportunity to grow as individuals while their concept of the world is growing too. Participants return with a broader view of the world and a deeper understanding of themselves.

When these young people become adults, many assume leadership roles in their communities and bring to these positions the benefits of and insights from their exchange experiences. As a result, Rotary's Youth Exchange program becomes a powerful force in the promotion of world understanding and peace.

Through Youth Exchange, Rotarians seek to provide the best possible environment for students. The program enjoys the advantages of over 46 years of experience and a network of more that 1.2 million Rotarians around the world. This experience and support system ensures the best possible exchange for participants in the program.

Long-Term and Short-Term Youth Exchanges

Rotary has both long-term and short-term exchange programs. Long-term exchanges are for a full academic year (usually 10-11 months). Short term exchanges are usually during summer vacation for a duration of 3-6 weeks. Students for either exchange must be sponsored by a District 7610 Rotary Club. All applicants and their parents/guardians must complete the written application form and take part in in-person interviews by the sponsoring Rotary Club and District 7610 Youth Exchange personnel.

Student Eligibility Requirements
Youth Exchange is open to the children of Rotarians as well as those of non-Rotarians.

When student returns, he/she will be asked to share their experiences with family, friends, Rotary Clubs, their school and community so that other young people can learn about Youth Exchange and our global neighbors!

Acceptance as a participant in a District 7610 Rotary Youth Exchange is competitive, based on meeting age and family participation/support criteria as well as student academic status, exchange goals and preparation/readiness for a long-term youth exchange. We expect to select 4-6 students for a Rotary Long-Term Exchange in the 2015-2016 school year.

How to Become a District 7610 Rotary Youth Exchange Student

To find a District 7610 Rotary Club:

Long-Term Exchange
Students spend a full academic year with two or more host families beginning in late summer (for approximately 10-11 months). Host parents provide room and meals as well as support and guidance. The host Rotary Club provides a limited monthly spending allowance, a counselor, and supervision.

Although parents should be prepared to cover travel, health insurance and a few other costs for the outbound student, Rotary arranges travel and assists with visa arrangements. In some cases scholarships may be available to help defray exchange costs. Talk to your local Rotary Club or Rotary District Chairperson about your individual situation. The District 7610 Youth Exchange Chair is Matt Leavitt (

Long-term exchange application form: Long term NAYEN.pdf

Country selection form: Selection 2015-164.pdf

Short-Term Exchange
In a Summer Cultural Exchange, students spend three to six weeks in their host country visiting with another family and seeing another part of the world. The ESSEX Short-term Exchange Program arranges for the student's family to host a matching student from another country in return. This program provides an excellent opportunity to experience a new culture in a brief period of time. Like the long-term exchange, the short-term exchange requires a sponsoring Rotary Club in each country, and students are selected on the basis of a written application and interview process.

Short-term (3-6 weeks) exchange application form: Application STEP.pdf

Country Selection form: Selection 2015-164.pdf

The Youth Exchange Application Interview
Students interested in applying for a Rotary Youth Exchange should contact a local District 7610 Rotary Club for details on how to apply. If the club decides that your application matches their opportunities, you will be interviewed by the local club in the fall and your application sent on to the Rotary District Youth Exchange Committee for a second round of interviews. Final selection is made by the Rotary District and usually occurs in the late Fall (October or November). For questions, please contact the District 7610 Youth Exchange Chair is Matt Leavitt (

Short-term exchange students may undergo a somewhat less stringent interview process during the winter or spring prior to departure.

Preparing for an Exchange
Orientation sessions during the months prior to departure help prepare students and parents for both outbound and inbound experiences. Students participating in the academic year exchange usually leave for their overseas adventure in mid- to late August (summer) and return at the end of the academic year (generally mid- to late June).