Types of Exchanges

Rotary Youth Exchange offers three types of exchange programs:

  • Long Term Exchange (LTE) These exchanges usually last one year, during which the student lives with more than one family in the host country and is required to attend school there. LTEs may be extended to include part or all of the holiday/vacation periods immediately before and after the academic year.
  • Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) These exchanges vary from several days to several weeks; they often take place when school is not in session and usually do not include an academic program. STEP is a family-to-family exchange, generally involving a homestay experience with a family in the host country, but they can also be organized as international youth camps or tours that bring together students from many countries.
  • New Generations Exchange These specialized short-term exchanges last three to six weeks and are open to young people ages 18-25. This program may include a vocational element. D5180’s RYE Committee is not participating in this program to date. Should you wish further information please contact Mary Lyn Kagan, chair@rye5180.org and she’ll try to help you connect with a Rotarian that can assist you.

District 5180 is just beginning their Short Term Exchanges. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 summer. Go HERE for details and get ready for the “Summer of Your Life”!

Individual district and multidistrict programs may develop their own program rules and guidelines, provided they are consistent with those set by the Rotary International Board. The Rotary International Handbook should be read in conjunction with the materials developed locally for use in a district. Check with those responsible for your district’s Youth Exchange program for specific local modifications, as well as the division of responsibilities for Rotarians involved in the program.