- host your exchange partner for 3 weeks or more in your own home
- return with your partner to spend a similar time with their family in their home
- tailor your time to make the most of your partner’s and your own interests.
- improve your language skills and make lasting friendships abroad
If you are between 15 and 17 years of age, then a Rotary arranged STEP is a great opportunity to find out more about other cultures, to develop skills you’ll use for the rest of your life and to make international friends.
Remember your parents or guardians don’t have to be members of Rotary for you to take part in an exchange.
The UK and Ireland are very popular places and we receive many requests for exchanges from young people like you in other countries. When we receive your registration of interest, we may already know of someone from the country of your choice looking for an exchange but, if not, we will be happy to look for a matching exchange partner for you.
Exchanges can be arranged with most countries, as long as they are certified by Rotary International as having the required welfare and safety standards to take part in the programme, but don’t leave it until the last moment – the earlier you apply the easier it is to find the right exchange partner for you with similar interests and in the country of your choice.
If you have any further questions check out How it Works and our FAQs page or Register your Interest now. Your Application will be sent to the Rotary Youth Exchange officer nearest to your home and s/he will get in touch. If you look on the web or social media you will find Youth Exchange sites and pages belonging to Rotary Districts and to past and current exchangers all over the world.