For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange.

A Brazilian student makes her first snowman in Finland. A South African masters eating with chopsticks at his Japanese hosts’ home. A Mexican student in France raises funds to benefit homeless children in Haiti. A Ukrainian exchange student, now a married mother of two, reconnects with her host family in Nashville, TN during the devastation of war in her country; now she and her children are safe from the war in their homeland and are hosted as refugees in the United States.

Every year, Rotary Youth Exchange truly changes the lives of those who experience the program. This could be your year.

As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you have options on the length of your exchange: Short Term held generally over a 6 -8 week period generally over the summer months; Long Term which is the more typical full school year exchange, or even a Gap Year if you’ve already graduated from high school but not yet enrolled in college or university in the US.

You will spend up to a year living with a host family(ies) in a country other than your own. You may learn a new language; you will learn a new way of living and a great deal about yourself. But there’s more. While you are busy learning, the people you meet will be learning as well – about your country, culture, and ideas. You will be an ambassador. You will be helping to bring the world closer together, and you’ll be making good friends in the process.

If you are ready for the challenge and the rewards of living in another land as an exchange student, then you are ready to discover new worlds through the Rotary Youth Exchange programs.



Steve Naas CONTACT
District Chair

Nikki Larson CONTACT
Long Term Inbound

Shawn Miller CONTACT
Long Term Outbound

Tina Pedersen CONTACT
Short Term Chair

Mac Hickman CONTACT
YEP Compliance

Arnie Biondo CONTACT

For more information about the Rotary Youth Exchange programs, please be sure to visit:


If your Rotary District 6670 Club is considering becoming involved in Rotary Youth Exchange, please contact a member of the Youth Exchange Committee and a mentor will be assigned to assist your club with paperwork, committee training, and any questions or concerns along the way. A listing of committee members follows at the end of the toolkit provided below.

Rotary Youth Exchange is an exciting program and we want to involve as many clubs (and as many students) as possible!



As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You will be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas.

You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.