So your child is interested in becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange Student?
Hear from previous parents about our program and why it’s a great choice for you, your child and your family:
You can also read some testimonials from parents of former exchange students on our testimonials page.
How are students prepared for the exchange?
The District committee arranges training in a wide range of areas which are primarily undertaken in a series of orientation camps prior to departure.
These include personal development, public speaking, communication skills, cultural awareness, personal protection and financial management. This is to prepare the student as much as is possible for the exchange year. Parents are required to be involved in this training and therefore gain an appreciation of the many issues, which will confront the student during the year.
Rotary’s Code of Conduct
Rotary International, in line with its objective to provide the best student exchange program, has developed a worldwide certification process for all participating clubs and the necessary infrastructure of the program.
As part of its working with youth policy, the Board of Rotary International has made the following statement as a Code of Conduct for all Rotarians participating in youth exchange:
Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. Rotarians, Rotarian’s spouses, and partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people they come into contact with and protect them from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.