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Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year.

What is Youth Rotary Exchange?

Rotary believes in developing the next generation of leaders. Our programs help younger leaders build leadership skills, expand education and learn the value of service.

Long-Term Exchanges

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year. Students live with more than one family in the host country and attend school there.

Short-Term Exchanges

Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months. They are often structured as youth camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

Virtual Exchange

The program will have the opportunity to give an insight into the life and culture of a student living in another country from the comfort and safety of their own home.

New Generation
Service Exchange

(NGSE) is a program for young adults to gain work experience in an overseas Country.


Rotex is a Rotary sponsored group of past exchange students who volunteer and work closely with the Youth Exchange Committee to support current exchange students.

What we do

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills

  • Learn a new language and culture

  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world

  • Become a global citizen


The Best Thing Ever

"Rotary Youth Exchange seriously was one of the best experiences of my life!"
Georgina Forshner
Powell River, Exchange spent in Czech Republic

"If every 17-year-old had a chance to be a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, there would be no more war."

Carl Wilhelm Stenhammar of Sweden

Youth Rotary Exchange is international!


Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers.


Currently we have over 35,000 clubs across the globe. 


Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year.


More than 200 countries affiliated in some way with Rotary International

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