Youth Exchange

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 2018-2019 will be held in early December 2018 (Date TBA). Completed student applications must be received at least 2 weeks prior to that date.

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

Mrs. Mykelle H. Laws
540-829-1190 (H/W)
540-729-3262 (C)

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:

Mykelle Laws - District 7610 E-Club -

Lynde Scheffer - Vice Chair, - Ashburn Club -

Phil Rusciolelli - Youth Protection Officer, Leesburg Club -

Verne Tuininga - Fairfax Club, Short Term Coordinator -

Donna Flory - Outbound Coordinator -

Brock Flint - Inbound Coordinator, -

Ann Burroughs-Sun -Member at Large-

PJ Maddox - DunnLoring- Merrifield Club, Memb at Large, New Gen Chair -

H. Matt Leavitt - Crystal City Pentagon club - Memb at Large -

Info for Students and Families who are curious about or interested in a Rotary International Youth Exchange Opportunity

Youth Exchange FAQs:

Information and testimonials:

Why Become a Rotary Youth Exchange Student? Check out the information on the ESSEX website!

This website also contains links to the application forms and other detailed information for both students and families considering a Rotary Youth Exchange. (

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)



Info and resources for Rotary Clubs on Rotary International Youth Exchanges

The RI Youth Exchange Program website:

RI Youth exchange handbook: PDF Format Handbook document

Info for Rotarians Interested in serving as a Youth Exchange Volunteer?

Want to have fun and really make a different in the world and the life of highly motivated, energetic youth people? Be a Youth Exchange Program volunteer!!! Contact Matt Leavitt (Youth Exchange Chairman) for information and learn more about opportunities.

Know you want to volunteer?

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