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Rotary Short or Long Term Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Short or Long Term Programs

See:  District 5030 Rotary Youth Exchange Program for full details and the application. The deadline is usually in early October of every year. We will update as we get news. 


Benefits:  What can you expect? 

  • Live abroad and get to know a new culture.
  • Be a cultural ambassador for your country.
  • Take on leadership roles thanks to the skills developed during your exchange.
  • Create life-long friendships with students from all over the world.
  • Come back home with a whole new perspective of the world and life.


Eligibility:  Who can apply?

The program is open to students ages 15 1/2-18. To qualify, students should have good grades and demonstrate leadership in their community. Candidates should possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things. This will help them fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.


Short Term:  1 month in the summer

Long Term:  10 months



Rotary International Youth Exchange Opportunities

Fall 2018 Announcement: 

The Shoreline Rotary Club is accepting preliminary applications through October 17th from high school students in Shoreline who would like to spend a year studying abroad or would like to participate in a short-term exchange during the summer as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

Students with good academic and leadership skills are encouraged to apply for a year-long youth exchange abroad, beginning in August of 2019.   Short-term exchanges (four weeks abroad, four weeks hosting in Shoreline) are also available during the summer of 2019.  Rotary will screen and arrange for host families and sponsoring Rotary clubs in the host country, and also arrange enrollment in an appropriate school in the host country for participants in the year-long program.

Rotary is an international organization made of up volunteers involved in community service.   It emphasizes high ethical standards and works toward peace and understanding in the world. 

Rotary operates the largest youth exchange program in the world, with more than 80 countries and 8,000 students participating each year.   The Youth Exchange Program is low cost, and offers youth the experience of learning another culture and language, making life-long friendships abroad, and seeing another part of the world.   In recent years, Rotary has sponsored students from Seattle to live in Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Japan, France, Thailand, Finland, Ecuador, Sweden, Spain, Chile, Turkey, Taiwan and Germany.

We are also seeking families in Shoreline who would like the experience of sharing their home with a student from abroad for four to six months.

If you would like more information or an application, please email Scott Saunders, Youth Exchange Officer for the Shoreline Rotary Club, at or visit our website at Rotary District 5030 Youth Exchange. 

Announcement Rotary Youth Exchange opportunities for 2019-20.doc 

Preliminary App Rotary Youth Exchange 2019-20.doc