Rotary Youth Exchange is an opportunity for students to live in and learn about another country and culture. Students usually return from their exchange with a better understanding of our world, the customs and language of another country and many new friends. They also grow in their confidence, independence, and maturity.
A Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship has a value ranging from $13,000 – $51,000. Students live in another country, attend school, learn the language, study the host country’s culture and have opportunities to explore the host country and surrounding areas.
Rotary provides a support system for all exchange students. There are Rotary volunteers here in Nebraska who provide support and training for students before they leave on their exchange and throughout the exchange. There are Rotary volunteers in the host countries who provide guidance and support during the student’s time abroad. Host families do not receive payment and policies are in place to screen host families. Students are sponsored by Rotary Club in central and western Nebraska and hosted by a Rotary club in their host country.
Applicants are screened by their local Rotary Club. If advanced to district interviews, they will be screened again by Rotarians, Youth Exchange Volunteers, and former Youth Exchange Students. Students accepted into the program and parents must participate in mandatory orientation sessions. Rotary Youth Exchange students are expected to follow all Rotary rules as well as the laws of their host country and serve as good ambassadors on behalf of their family, community, state, country, and Rotary.