Youth Exchange Program

What is the Youth Exchange Program?

It is a worldwide program involving approximately 90 countries with more than 8,000 students participating each year. The objective is to build better understanding, peace and acceptance of different cultures around the world. It provides each participant the opportunity to experience a different part of our world under the protective umbrella of Rotary International. As a Rotary Youth Exchange participants, students spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Students learn a new way of living, a great deal about themselves, and most often even a new language. A Youth Exchange Student becomes an ambassador for their country, teaching people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas. Student bring the world closer – and make good friends in the process.
For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. The program is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs such as the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise. Find out more about this exciting program by reading the brochure to the right, or contacting the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise.