• AUSTRIA
  • ARGENTINA
  • BELGIUM
  • BRAZIL
  • CHILE
  • CZECHIA
  • DENMARK
  • FRANCE
  • GERMANY
  • ITALY

Outbounds

What is an "Outbound" Exchange Student?

An "Outbound" is a high school student selected by a Rotary club in District 5190 to serve as ambassadors foreign countries around the world. Rotary Youth Exchange students are open-minded, flexible individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities and have high moral standards that will enable them to become excellent cultural ambassadors for their country and the Rotary club and district that supports them.

The District 5190 Rotary Youth Exchange Program offers two different exchange experiences. The Long Term Exchange Program is a yearlong program in which the student is hosted by 2 or 3 families and attends school in a partner foreign country. The Short Term Exchange Program is a 6 – 8 week program, normally during the summer.

Long-Term Exchange Program

When a high school student is selected to be a Long Term Rotary Youth Exchange student by a Rotary club, they become a Rotary Youth Exchange Student candidate. All candidates (along with at least one parent/guardian) are required to attend a Briefing Meeting, normally held in mid-October. At this meeting the student will learn how to fill out the Long Term Exchange Application, about the costs of the exchange, the countries that District 5190 is partnered with, how they are assigned their country, how the travel process works, and have a time to ask questions.

In early December all of the candidates (along with at least one parent/guardian) will be interviewed by a Rotary District Interview Committee. Candidates are notified in January if they have been selected to be a Rotary Youth Exchange student, and where they will be during their exchange.

To ensure that the students have an successful exchange experience, all of the outbound students (along with at least one parent/guardian) will attend three orientation sessions. The first session is normally early February for one day. The second orientation is normally mid-April for 2 days, and the third orientation is normally at the end of June for one day.

The orientations cover the following topics, plus some topics not listed:

  • What is Rotary
  • Ethical behavior
  • Language learning
  • Cultural adjustment and home sickness
  • What is culture
  • Travel, health insurance, passports, visas
  • Money while on exchange, cell phones, computers/tablets
  • Visits by parents/guardians

At the orientations students will have the opportunity to meet former Rotary Youth Exchange students and current inbound students. After they are selected, Rotary Youth Exchange students are expected to follow Rotary rules for exchange students and must understand that they may be removed from the program before they leave on exchange if they miss orientation, do not make progress in learning their host country language, or break certain rules.

District 5190 has Youth Exchange agreements with the following countries. In some of the countries, the exchange covers the whole country, and in others, a region of the country. Although there is an exchange agreement with these countries, we do not exchange students with every country every year.

How To Apply

So, you want to apply to be a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. Each RYE student is sponsored by a local Rotary club. You can contact the President or RYE Chairperson for your local Rotary Club. Or you can contact a member of the RYE Committee, who will refer you to your local Rotary club. And since you are looking at this page, all you have to do is click on this link and send an email message to the Committee Chairperson at: info@rye5190.org

You can download the preliminary application form and submit it to your local Rotary club. The Long Term Application will not be available until after the October Briefing meeting. Do not download a Rotary Youth Exchange application from any website other than this website.

RYE Selection and Orientation Process

A selection and orientation process has been designed to ensure the success of the program. There are 59 Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5190, and approximately 25 students are chosen each year. There are age limits for exchange students. You must be at least 15 1/2 years old and not over 18 1/2 years when you start your exchange. If you are not chosen, you are encouraged to reapply for the following year.

In September and October, local Rotary clubs will interview candidates.

At the end of October, there is a required briefing meeting for both students and parents. At this meeting students and parents will learn about the program costs and requirements, and be given information on how to fill out the applications.

In December, the RYE District Committee will interview each candidate and his or her parents. Notifications are normally made in the following January.

There are 3 required orientation meetings for both students and parents. These meetings are held between mid January the end of May. At these meetings students and parents will learn about such things as home sickness, money management, computer use during the exchange, cultural differences, and many other topics.

Students normally depart for their exchanges in August and September.

Short-Term Exchange Program

Interested in a taste of the world, and willing to share yours with others? Then the short-term program may be for you. Rotary's short-term exchange program usually takes place during the summer, and brings together paired families from different countries. Typically, a Short Term Exchange student will spend 3-4 weeks overseas with a family that has a son or daughter of approximately the same age. At the end of the exchange in the foreign country, the student and their new friend will come back to the US for a 3-4 week stay with the American student’s family. (The order can be reversed, with the foreign student coming here first - whichever works best for the families.)

The short-term program is a cultural exchange and does not generally include school attendance. The Exchange provides an educational experience through exposure to a new language and culture. The friendships that develop often last a long time, with repeat visits a very common occurrence.

For younger students, or perhaps those wanting to sample the experience before committing to the long-term program, Rotary's short-term exchange program can be ideal.

For the Short Term Program a American student may go to an English or non-English speaking country. If the student does go to a non-English speaking country, they will be paired with a student who speaks English.

How To Apply

So, you want to apply for the Short Term Exchange Program. Each Short Term student is sponsored by a local Rotary club. You can contact the President or RYE Chairperson for your local Rotary Club. Or you can contact a member of the RYE Committee, who will refer you to your local Rotary club. And since you are looking at this page, all you have to do is click on this link and send an email message to the Committee Chairperson at: info@rye5190.org

If you are selected by your local Rotary Club as a Short Term Exchange candidate, you will be contacted by the Short Term Coordinator from our District RYE Committee. At that time you will receive information on how to fill out the Short Term Application. You and your parents may also have an interview conducted by a member of the District RYE Committee. And you and your parents will have an orientation before you leave on exchange.

  • JAPAN
  • MEXICO
  • POLAND
  • SLOVAKIA
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • SPAIN
  • SWEDEN
  • SWITZERLAND
  • TAIWAN
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