Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most popular programs to promote international understanding and develop lifelong friendships.  It began in 1927 with the Rotary Club of Nice, France.  In 1939 an extensive Youth Exchange was created between California and Latin America.  Since then the program has expanded around the world.  In recent years more than 7,000 young people have participated annually in Rotary club- and district-sponsored exchange programs.

The values of Youth Exchange are experienced not only by the high school-age students involved but also by the host families, sponsoring clubs, receiving high schools and the entire community.  Youth Exchange participants usually provide their fellow students in their host schools with excellent opportunities to learn about customs, languages, traditions and family life in another country.

Youth Exchange offers young people interesting opportunities and rich experiences to see another part of the world.  Students usually spend a full academic year abroad, although some clubs and districts sponsor short-term exchanges of several weeks or months.

The Rotary Club of Madison sponsors up to two outbound students (area high school juniors going to another country) and one inbound (one student from another country) each year.  Club members host the inbound students at their homes and also take them to several events throughout the year.

To find out more about the Rotary Youth Exchange program go to the Rotary International website and enter “rotary youth exchange” in the search box.  And if you would like an application send an email to the Rotary Club of Madison at

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