Short Term Program Details

The full year program provides U.S. students the opportunity to spend one year abroad, studying at a foreign high school, living with multiple host families, and being immersed in the local language.


Potential Outbound students should follow the below criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Older than 15 and under the age of 18 ½ on August 1 the year of departure
  • Average or above-average academic performance
  • Interested in other countries and cultures
  • Warm, flexible, and friendly personality

Program Rules & Responsibilities

Outbound students will:

  • Attend high school regularly
  • Act as an ambassador, sharing customs and culture with host country
  • Act as a family member (not a guest) within host families: participating in family activities, sharing meals, contributing to chores, and demonstrating flexibility and willingness to learn and adapt
  • Agree to and follow Rotary rules, regulations, and counseling, including the Four D’s (No
  • Drugs, No Drinking, No Driving, No Dating)

Parents of the Outbound student will:

  • Pay for necessary fees, including application fee
  • Pay for passport costs, visas, travel, and other costs related to travel and insurance
  • Pay for personal costs (travel items, gifts, etc.)
  • Read, understand, and abide by Rotary rules and regulations

Host Families will:

  • Provide host student with comfortable living environment and private space
  • Provide host student with meals at home
  • Help student organize transportation to and from school

Host Rotary Club will:

  • Correspond with student prior to departure
  • Provide one year high school placement for host student
  • Provide monthly allowance to host student (typically ~$100 in host currency)
  • Supervise host student’s experience abroad


Rotary Youth Exchange is not only the most reputable international exchange program in the world, but the most affordable. Rotary’s Youth Exchange program would not be possible without the global network of Rotary Clubs and volunteers whose passion is international- and community-based service.


  • Cost of travel to and from host country
  • Medical insurance
  • Passport, visas, and other required travel documents


  • Room and board
  • 24/7 language and cultural immersion! (priceless!)

Is cost a concern? District 7450 has a limited number of scholarships available–don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.