Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.
 

WHAT IS A ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE?

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.
 
The Dryden Rotary Club is actively engaged in the Youth Exchange Program. Dryden has hosted students from France, Brazil, Japan, Spain and in 2015-16 from Slovakia. We also send Dryden students abroad.  These are called “Outbound”students.
 

IS AN EXCHANGE RIGHT FOR ME?

Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:
  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend. Participants are generally responsible for:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money, additional travel, and tour fees

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Contact your local Rotary club to see if it participates and to learn more about the types of programs offered, and specific application process required. Because the selection and orientation process can be lengthy, we suggest you apply 6­–12 months before you plan to leave.
 
Contact the Dryden Rotary Club - HERE
 
CAN I HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT?
 
Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.
 
Interested in learning more about being a host family?  Contact the Dryden Rotary Club - HERE
 
 
Read More About Dryden’s Program:
Inbound examples:
 
 
Spanish Exchange Student Alba Shares Retrospective on Her Year in Canada - See more at: http://drydenrotary.org/Stories/spanish-exchange-student-alba-shares-retrospective-on-her-year-in-canada#sthash.XT5ZpXSq.dpuf
 
A Lifetime of Experiences in One Year - Gustavo Says Goodbye - See more at: http://drydenrotary.org/Stories/a-lifetime-of-experiences-in-one-year-gustavo-says-goodbye#sthash.hL0QRAQd.dpuf
 
Outbound examples:
 
Dryden Youth Exchange Student Shares his Year in Copenhagen, Denmark - See more at: http://drydenrotary.org/Stories/dryden-youth-exchange-student-shares-his-year-in-copenhagen-denmark#sthash.em5ZUzse.dpuf
 
 
Dryden Exchange Student Recounts Her Experience in Are, Sweden - See more at: http://drydenrotary.org/Stories/dryden-exchange-student-recounts-her-experience-in-are-sweden#sthash.RiLXu2Jz.dpuf
 
 
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