Sponsored by Rotary International, Youth Exchange gives students an opportunity to live and to learn in other countries throughout the world.  In recent years, students (mostly juniors in high school, but also Sophomores,  Seniors and post-grads) have come to our District from Thailand, Belgium, Brazil and France. They stay at the homes  of host families in the District; those families act as the students’ surrogate families. 
Incoming students attend school in the community that has adopted them for the entire academic year.  At the same time, teens in our District have the opportunity to travel to other countries around the world to attend school there and to live with host families who are Rotarians in other countries. 
The program also offers a short-term stay for three months, often during the summer.  In general, the host family abroad will send their son or daughter to the town of the local Rotary-sponsored teenager, and vice versa.  This is a very competitive program, but students are always welcomed to apply.
General Exchange Information
(PLEASE NOTE: Country choice selections are first come first served. Applications are accepted at ESSEX beginning October 1st, with first received selections made on December 17th. Applications for both Short-Term and Long - Term continue into Springtime of next year, but 1st choice country selections can not be guaranteed.)
Short Term Exchange Information
Long Term Exchange Information
Gap Year Opportunity
Please email John Adams, Rotary District 7490 Youth Exchange Chair, if you have questions or need further assistance.