Short-term Summer Abroad Exchange Programs: This foreign summer exchange program is ideal for students who have a spirit of adventure, but not ready to spend a whole school year abroad. Open to students ages 15-19 and ranges from several weeks to a few months, it usually takes place in the summer when school is not in session and does not include an academic program. A short-term youth exchange program typically involves a Rotary district-organized exchange of a son or daughter between two families, but they may also take the form of international youth camps or tours that bring together students from many countries. Because the time spent in the host country is relatively short, tourist visas and cheaper airfares make this extremely convenient and affordable!
Typically, two families agree to send their son or daughter to be hosted in a foreign country by another family with a similar-aged son or daughter. This exchange starts with one student traveling to the other country and spending 3-4 weeks with their host family, and then the two students travel together to the first student’s home to be hosted for the next 3-4 weeks. Both families send their child and both families host the other child. The families should plan for the total exchange period to be around 2 months. However, the timing and length of stay is decided and agreed upon by the two families.
International Youth Camps
These summer camps are mainly in Europe with camps also in India, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the US. Although technically not an exchange, camps enable cultural and social exchanges between youth from many different countries. Camps normally bring together participants of similar ages from 10 to 20 different countries and cultures. Each camp’s theme and focus is different – the focus may be on sports, arts, peace-building, culture or sightseeing, but most contain a mix of several areas.
Find Out If This Is Available In Your AreaThese short-term summer travel programs for high school students are not available in all Rotary districts. If this interests you, please use the Contact Us form to discover opportunities available in your area. Applicants must complete a standard application form and be sponsored by a local Rotary club and/or Rotary District.
Parents or guardians are expected to cover the following expenses:
Scholarship covers room, board, tuition, and a monthly stipend – valued over $24,000.