Here are some tips to help you get started:


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, Rotarians from your area will supply a preliminary application for you to fill out and schedule an interview with you and at least one of your parents/guardians. If that application is accepted, candidates will complete a full application and go through the district interview process in December. Your Rotary District chair and local Rotary club will help guide you through the application and interview process.

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