Be A Short-term Exchange Student

Short-Term Youth Exchange Program

Rotary’s Short-Term Exchange Program presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to visit a different country for a limited time. Participating students live with a matched host family in their selected country for a period of three to six weeks in the summer under the sponsorship of a local Rotary Club.

The objective of the Short-Term Exchange Program is to foster world peace, international understanding, and goodwill by extending international communication at the personal level through the exchange of students of high school age. We hope these students will be able to see firsthand the problems and accomplishments of other peoples of different colors, creeds, and cultures.

The ESSEX Short-Term Family-to-Family Exchange arranges for the student’s family to host a matching Rotary applicant(between the ages of 15 and 19 years old) usually during the summer. Exchanges are arranged between the two families for not less than 3 weeks and not more than 6 weeks (each way). During this period our students must not have a job or other commitments that would interfere with the obligation of hosting.

Costs of travel, ESSEX fees, Rotary District 7430 fees, Rotary CISI Insurance, clothing and personal expenses are the responsibility of the participating students and their families.

Travel to the host country is arranged by each student’s family communicating with the other student’s family, determining dates, times and airlines to be booked for the exchange. Frequently, students who exchange first, accompany their host sibling on the return flight home.

The earlier and application arrives, the better chance of exchanging into your first country of choice.


Through many years of experience, we have found the following general qualifications useful:

  • Any student, age 15 - 19 years old, of good character, who possesses a warm personality and a desire to live abroad and host in return is eligible for Rotary’s Short-Term Exchange.

  • Candidates should be adaptable and flexible, well mannered and want to experience life in other countries and cultures.

  • Children of both Rotarians and non-Rotarians are eligible.


Students who are sent abroad under the Rotary Short-Term Youth Exchange Program are required to accept the following obligations:

  • Students are expected to obey the laws of the host country at all times and follow the rules of their host parents.

  • Students are required to sign a written statement that they will not, under any circumstances, drive a motor vehicle while under the supervision of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Motor Vehicles include automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles, ATVs, and any other motorized craft.

  • Students may be required to address Rotary Clubs, other service organizations, youth groups, and community groups during their stay in the host country and will on their return to the United States, be expected to address similar groups on their experience as an exchange student.

  • During their stay abroad, students may be expected to attend any official Rotary and Youth Exchange Program functions as directed by their host Rotary Club.

  • Students are ambassadors for their home countries and must at all times behave in a manner that will reflect positively on their families, communities, and country.

  • Students must travel directly to and return directly from their host countries. Students are not allowed to stay in the host country after the termination of the exchange period.

For more information, please contact your local Rotary Club.  If you need assistance finding your local Rotary Club, please reach out to Rose Galeano-Phillips.