Rotary Youth Exchange Rotary International www.rotary.org Rotary District 5550 Youth Exchange http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50018/SitePage/youth-exchange-programs
What is Rotary? • International organization of business and professional leaders • 168 countries • 32,000 Rotary Clubs world wide • 1.2 million members ! • Provide humanitarian service • High ethical standards in all vocations • Help build peace and goodwill in the world
Rotary Youth Exchange is: • An official program of Rotary International • Includes over 58 countries • Involves more than 8000 students annually • District 5550: Aprox 19 students 10 countries • Students live with host families, learning their customs and culture • Long term and Short term Programs
Map of District 5550 • Thompson • Flin Flon • The Pas • Nipawin • Melfort • Saskatoon • Dauphin Regina • Sioux Lookout Neepawa MooseJaw Weyburn • Kenora Brandon Portage la Prairie Estevan Eastman
ARE YOU READY TO … • Form International Friendships – Lifelong friends! • Learn a new language! • Gain a fresh understanding of yourself and others • Immerse & adapt to a different culture • Appreciate other ways of doing things • Act as an ambassador for your country & community WELCOME TO ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE !
Long Term Youth Exchange Program • Student lives in another country for one year • Time frame: Mid-August to end of June • Student attend school in host country • Overseas student will spend the same period of time in Canada • Not a direct exchange
Long Term Exchange Countries • Argentina • Spain • Belgium • Brazil • Denmark • Finland • France • Japan • Mexico • Netherlands • New Zealand • South Africa • Sweden • Germany • Russia Some countries are subject to change
HOW DO I QUALIFY ? ? • Students attending high school full time • Must be 16-18 as of July 1 in the year of departure • Flexible and willing to try new things • All applicants are selected solely on merit • Academic merit not criteria for acceptance • Students are typically leaders, and are involved in their community and in extra-curricular activity
Involvement of Rotary • Program administered by Rotary International at District & Local Club level • Matching process and travel arrangements • Students supervised by Rotary Club • Arrangement of host families and counselor by Rotary Club • Legal guardian overseas will be a Rotarian
WHAT ARE THE RULES??? • Respect the wishes of the host family • Be flexible and adaptable • Attend Rotary club meetings • Be prepared to do a presentation and talk about your country • Follow the Rotary District rules for travel • And REMEMBER the four “Ds and an S” • NO DRINKING, NO DRUGS, NO DRIVING, NO SERIOUS DATING:
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST??$5,100 • Round trip airfare • Health and accident insurance • All travel documents, such as passports and visas • Rotary Youth Exchange blazer and business cards • Name tag, Rotary pin & 200 business cards • CD material on Canada • Orientation weekend in Russell Manitoba for applicant and one parent • Students/parents are responsible for ancillary travel and tours * Food, lodging & monthly allowance provided by host Rotary Club & families
HOW DO I APPLY OR GET MORE INFORMATION?? • Obtain an information/application form from your school Guidance Counselor. • If you want more information or would like someone to talk with you and your parents there is contact name on the form. • Application for Long Term Exchange must be received by the end of September. The dates will be set by the local Rotary Club. • Interviews and selection will be done in October for exchange the following year.
WHAT WILL I DO ON MY EXCHANGE?? • Live with 2 - 4 host families during the year and become a member of the family assuming duties (Host Rotary Club screen and select your host families) • Attend school full time. Learn a new language. Make new friends for life! And get to know the area where you are living. • Gain greater understanding of your host country’s culture • Attend several Rotary Youth Exchange events throughout the year with other Rotary students from around the world • You will be an ambassador for your Country and for Rotary.
WHAT ABOUT SHORT TERM EXCHANGES?? • Rotary also sponsors Short Term Youth Exchanges. • These are direct exchanges. The student lives with a foreign student in their country and the foreign student lives in Canada. • These exchanges usually take place during the summer and are for a 4 or 7 week duration in each country. • There are a few exceptions where the exchange can be up to a maximum of 3 months.
SHORT TERM EXCHANGE? • You need to be between 16 and 19. • Apply by Jan 1 for travel in the summer of that year. • $2,200 – $3,300 cost includes: airline tickets, visas, Rotary YE jacket, name tag and health insurance. • Additional spending money of approx. $500.00 (depends on student) and host families will spend additional $$ by taking the visiting student to various activities and sites. • Term: 4 weeks / 7 weeks / 3 months
Short Term Exchange Countries • Belgium • Germany • Finland • Switzerland • The Netherlands • Norway • Japan • Brazil • South Africa Durban or Johannesburg Area Countries are subject to change
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE Websites Rotary International Youth Exchangewww.rotary.orgRotary District 5550 Youth Exchangehttp://portal.clubrunner.ca/50018/SitePage/youth-exchange-programs
What to do next? • Get permission from Parents - $5,100 • Fill & return brochure to me • Student – Parent selection interview • Once accepted fill out jacket & country form $400 non refundable deposit / Dec $2,400 Balance & May $2,300 • Fill out Long Term Application by Oct 30th • Fill out Short Term Application by Dec 30th • Mandatory Student & Parent Weekend Orientation Russell Inn • Leave Canada mid – end August
Detail Information Contact Leanne Kessler District Youth Exchange Outbound Student Coordinator Rotary Club of Saskatoon Meewasin firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 306-978-4127
Further Questions Contact Submit Application Brochure a.s.a.p. Thank - you for your time!