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Start planning early

The Rotary Youth Exchange program is highly selective, so start planning as soon as possible. For long-term exchanges (LTEP), apply in September for exchanges beginning the following August; for the short-term program (STEP), also apply in September for the following summer. All District 5020 exchanges begin during the summer; there may be exceptions to the short term program which can only be determined by the STEP coordinator. For example, if you wish to travel when you’re in 11th grade, you should apply in September of your 10th-grade year. The reason for the early deadlines? Our sponsor Rotary clubs and district has an extensive selection and orientation process, which helps us identify the best candidates and prepare you well for your time as Youth Exchange students.


Contact Rotarians in your area

Youth Exchange is administered locally. Chances are Rotary clubs near you are involved in the program: There are about 35 Rotary clubs in our District that participate in this program. There is probably one near you. Identify the club closest to you through our Club Locator. You may also contact the District Youth Exchange Chair. Remember that participation in Youth Exchange varies from country to country, so check with your local Rotary club for details.

Fill out an application 

After you’ve gotten in touch with your local Rotary club, you'll need to start the application process using one of these two links: Long Term Application or Short Term Application (remember to select the correct Rotary club when you fill out the application). 

Note:  If you are not in Rotary District 5020, you must apply with a Rotary club in your home country or district. 

When the basic application is completed and submitted, work with your local Rotary Club to schedule an interview, at least one of your parents/guardians must attend the interview with you. If you pass that step, you'll continue the application process by completing and submitting all of the other required forms and documents.  If you are chosen by your Club, you'll then go through the district interview process in December. Your local Rotary club can help guide you through the application and interview process.

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