How it Works

The Rotary Long Term Exchange programme runs for a full school year and is what it says, an exchange programme. In return for a foreign country hosting a student from the UK or Ireland, we are expected to host a student from that country for a full year.

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Rotary Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland sponsor students, who will be aged 16 or 17 when the school year begins, to live and study at a similar level in a foreign country, where they will be hosted with selected host families for a full school year. In return, a student from the “exchange” country will be hosted, for a similar period, by the Rotary Club which has sponsored the outbound student.

If you are the exchange student: during your stay abroad, you will be become an integral member of your host family and will be treated by your host parents exactly as they would treat their own sons or daughters. A Rotarian from the hosting Rotary Club is appointed as your Counsellor and whenever you have a question or concern during your exchange s/he will be there to help you.

The sponsoring Rotary club will interview prospective exchange students and their parents. Prospective host parents will be required to submit to DBS checks and supply independent referees who can verify their suitability to host a student from abroad.

Why not check out Facebook, where you will find many Youth Exchange sites belonging to Rotary Districts and past exchangers all over the world – they are always happy to tell you what a great time they had.

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