Outbound Students

An Outbound is a high school student selected by a Rotary club in the U.S. to serve as an ambassador in another country. Becoming an Outbound is an opportunity of a lifetime: you will learn a new language, live in a new culture, and become a global citizen. There are two types of Outbound programs: Long Term Exchange and Short Term Exchange.

Long Term exchange

  • An opportunity for high school students to spend a full school year abroad and become fully immersed in a new language and culture
  • Live with 2-3 host families and attend a local school
  • Good for any mature student who is ready to commit to one school year in a new country

Short term exchange

  • 3-4 week program that generally takes place during summer
  • Reciprocal exchange program: the family of the U.S. student will host a foreign student, and the U.S. student will be hosted by the foreign student’s family abroad
  • Does not include school attendance
  • Good for younger students, or those who want to experience exchange before committing to the longer program


If you could live anywhere for one year, where would you go? Would you…

  • Visit the streets of Pamplona in Spain before the big bull run?
  • Explore the castle that inspired Walt Disney in Germany?
  • Have tea and cookies with monks in Thailand?
  • Explore the rainforests of Brazil?
  • Sound interested? There are 36 more!

Click here to view the list of 40 international destinations ready to welcome you as a Rotary Exchange Student.