Rotary District 6380 Youth Exchange Programs
Rotary District 6380 is the sponsor of the Long-Term Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship and the Short-Term Exchange Program. The basic requirements for every student participating in either program are:
Because R6380YE is an extension of Rotary International, a service organization with an overall focus on global advancement, R6380YE programs are managed and coordinated by dedicated Rotarians at the club, district, national and international levels and not by paid staffers in a central office. R6380YE students and families therefore have the support and connection of the 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world. As a result of this support and Rotary investment, R6380YE is able to offer scholarships to exceptional students seeking a full academic year exchange.
Rotary 6380 Youth Exchange Scholarship, room, board, tuition, and administration costs charged by other private organizations are absorbed by Rotary, and the scholars even receive a monthly stipend while abroad. Students who are accepted into the R6380YE program are responsible only for their program fee ($750 or $1,195, depending on the program), their medical/general liability insurance cost, and the actual costs of travel (i.e., airfare, visa).
Students seeking exchange through R6380YE are expected to demonstrate the character and personality necessary to be an excellent goodwill ambassador between the US and the host country. They are expected to always represent Rotary and the values of the organization. Students must be in good academic standing and between 15 and 18.5 years old as of September 1 of their exchange year. Lastly, all RYE students are expected to attend ALL training weekends from November through May prior to their exchanges AND in August after returning from exchange. Additionally, all Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship recipients must attend a mandatory three day orientation weekend in July prior to departing on their exchanges.
Rotary 6380 Youth Exchange students are celebrated globally as among the best prepared exchange students in the world! We’re excited to have you join us
Long-Term Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship
The long-term exchange is a year long program that spans one academic year. District 6380 offers RYE Scholarships to qualified students each academic year. The scholarships cover room, board, tuition, and a monthly stipend while overseas. Exchange Scholars travel to their host countries in approximately late July to mid-September and return in approximately late June of the following year. They attend school in their host countries and are expected to explore and develop a typical teenage existence in these countries.
Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP)
The short-term exchange is a “Family-to-Family” program that is normally done in the summer, so it typically does not interfere with school calendars. Each STEP family is paired with a STEP family in the host country. The two exchange students become ‘exchange siblings’ and split the eight weeks between each of the two countries and in each other’s homes. The exact travel dates are coordinated between the two exchange families.