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Welcome to the website for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program for District 5890 in the metropolitan area of Houston, Texas!  Our District 5890 Rotary Youth Exchange Program is backed by the world's largest and finest service organization, Rotary International. 


 Rotary District 5890 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee Chair:  Judy Harwell

Phone: 281-734-6483     Email: jaharwell1@gmail.com     


An exciting adventure awaits you as a potential Rotary exchange student or host family and you can expect to expand your horizons as they've never been expanded before. We invite you to explore our site, learn more about the program, and, if it's right for you, take those first steps toward one of the most amazing, memorable, adventurous years of your life. 

 
(The above video was produced a student from the Houston-area that spent a year abroad as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Thailand.)  

 

(The above video was produced by Rotarians in a different Rotary district....If you want to be an Rotary Youth Exchange Student, you and your parents need to contact Judy Harwell here in the Houston area (Rotary District 5890) at 281-734-6483, or jaharwell1@gmail.com for more information.)


(The above video was produced by Rotarians in a different Rotary district....If you want to be an Rotary Youth Exchange Student, you and your parents need to contact Judy Harwell at 281-734-6483, or jaharwell1@gmail.com for more information.)
(The above video was produced by Rotarians in a different Rotary district....If you want to be an Rotary Youth Exchange Student, you and your parents need to contact Judy Harwell at 281-734-6483, or jaharwell1@gmail.com for more information.)
(The above video was produced by Rotarians in a different Rotary district....If you want to be an Rotary Youth Exchange Student, you and your parents need to contact Judy Harwell at 281-734-6483, or jaharwell1@gmail.com for more information.)

The Experience of a Lifetime for 8,000 Student Each Year!

The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for ourselves and our children. Rotary International's Youth Exchange Program provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.


Rotary International's Youth Exchange History

Since 1929, students and host families all over the world have had their horizons broadened and their lives enriched by the generosity of Rotary's Youth Exchange Program.  Administered by Rotary clubs, districts and multi-district groups, the program today involved more than 82 countries and more than 8,000 students each year.

The first documented exchanges date back to 1929, when the Rotary Club of Copenhagen, Denmark, initiated exchanges with European students.  Exchanges between clubs in California, USA, and Latin American countries began in 1939, and exchange activities spread to the eastern United States in 1958.  In 1972, the Rotary International Board of Directors agreed to recommend Youth Exchange to Rotary clubs worldwide as a worthwhile international activity promoting global peace and understanding.


Why Rotary?

Rotary International Youth Exchange provides the opportunity for young people to be Youth Ambassadors around the world.  Rotary International has the best administered and lowest cost International Youth Exchange program.  And since this is a Rotary International program, students will will be hosted by and have the opportunity for quality experiences with the Rotarians in the Rotary club, plus they'll meet Rotarians in neighboring communities within the Rotary district.  Youth Ambassadors will also have the support of those same Rotarians to help deal with any unusually difficult situations.

Click here for a link to more information on the Rotary International website.

Click here to find a local Rotary club in your community 


Types of Exchanges (Click here for info on the Rotary International website)

Rotary Youth Exchange offers three types of exchange programs:

  • Long-term exchange (click title for brochure) These exchanges usually last one year, during which the student lives with more than one family in the host country and is required to attend school there. Long-term exchanges may be extended to include part or all of the holiday/vacation periods immediately before and after the academic year.                                              

  • Short-term exchange (click title for link for brochure) These exchanges vary from several days to several weeks; they often take place when school is not in session and usually do not include an academic program. Short-term exchanges generally involve a home stay experience with a family in the host country.                             

  • New Generations exchange. (click title for link to Rotary International website for more info) These specialized short-term exchanges last three to six weeks and are open to young people ages 18-25. This program may include a vocational element.      


How do I find more information?

Click here for Rotary's Youth Protection Policy.

Click here for important facts plus frequent questions and answers about the Long-Term and Short-Term Rotary Youth Exchange Program.


Forms for Long-Term Students:

Click here for the Application Form


Forms for Short-Term Students:

Click here for the Application Form


Information for Host Families

Click here for Host Family Application Form (Long-Term Student)

Click here for Host Family Application Form (Short-Term Student)

Click here for V-1 Application (must be completed by anyone 18-years or holder that resides in the home.

Click here if you would like to be contacted about hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.


Information for Rotary Clubs

Click here for Host Family Interview and Home Inspection Form


Interested?  Contact our Rotary Youth Exchange Committee Chair:   Judy Harwell

Phone: 281-734-6483 - Email: jaharwell1@gmail.com