I am now a totally different person, with different views. I speak another language, I’ve experienced another culture, and it’s changed my views on life, it’s changed my thoughts. Having gone on exchange has shaped my decision making skills for the better, it’s made me realize the extent of the effects my decisions have, and has helped me determine who my real friends are.
The year I spent in Mexico turned out to be pretty groundbreaking for me, mentally-speaking. The new perspective I was offered, coupled with my own personal beliefs, set my mind down its own introspective path.
In making decisions spontaneously, I’ve become more confident about my choices- they always work out in the end! From small things like who to spend a day with to bigger things, like going on exchange, I’m less likely to doubt myself.
While some parts of my exchange were less than ideal, all of them helped me grow as a person. I gained so much confidence and independence, more than I ever thought I could have.
Rotary District 5010 is actively seeking open-minded, flexible students who demonstrate leadership qualities to receive scholarships for study for a year in a foreign country or our Short Term Summer program. Applicants must 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. District 5010 Rotary Youth Exchange provides students ages 15 to 17 with an opportunity to travel to a foreign country and experience the culture while serving as an ambassador for their home country.
Youth Exchange is a live-in experience not a travel vacation. The room and board, school tuition and support of Rotary Clubs in foreign countries has a scholarship value of almost $25,000!
For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.
Explore the opportunities to study abroad by checking out our Outbound Program.
Youth Exchange from a potential Students perspective
Central States Rotary invites prospective Host Families to learn more about the experience of hosting a Foreign Youth Exchange student in your own home.