Wearing [the Rotary Blazer] is an honor, bestowed only on those who were brave enough to jump head-first into the unknown. [Read More]

Steven Adams
Alaska to Germany 2013-2014

I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen. The first of these came as a terrible shock and, like anything that changes you forever, split my life into halves: Before and After. [Read More]

Lily Foster
Alaska to Hungary 2015-2016

It was so fundamentally different from any other experience I have had, and so exceptionally challenging and rewarding that it had no less than a great influence on my life [Read More]

Jasper Holton
Alaska to Germany 2015-2016

And Thailand is now a place I call home. [Read More]

Carly Besh
Petersburg (Anchorage) to Thailand 2009-2010

Basking in the afterglow of exchange, I know the extreme memories will stay with me for a while [either positive or negative] but I will carry the lessons I have learned long after the memories have faded. [Read More]

Stephanie Logan
Juneau to France 2009-2010

I truly feel like a citizen of the world, and I hope that mentality will help me to affect a change in American society, in any small way I can. [Read More]

Douglas Plume
Anchorage to Switzerland 2009-2010

Welcome to Rotary District 5010

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.