South and Central America

South and Central America

  • Argentina

    The legendary football skills of Diego Maradona have inspired such devotion that a church was opened in his honor in 1998.

  • Bolivia

    Bolivia's capital La Paz is the highest capital in the world, reaching 11,740 ft (3,580 m) above sea level.

  • Brazil

    The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro is one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”. It is 38 meters tall and weighs 635 tonnes.

  • Chile

    Although it would be tiring, you can technically ski and surf within the same day during a Chile vacation.

  • Mexico

    Mexico City is sinking at a rate of about 10 inches a year as the city pumps water from the lake that supports it.

  • Uruguay

    Being a great symbol, even though they appear to be emerging, the artist said that the fingers are actually “drowning” as a warning to swimmers.

Asia / Africa / Pacific Rim

Asia / Africa / Pacific Rim

  • Australia

    While many people visit Australia for its brilliant beaches and year-round sunshine, the Australian Alps are a mecca for skiing enthusiasts.

  • Indonesia

    Indonesia is the home to 165 million people under the age of 30, compared to only 8% of the Indonesian population being older than 60 years of age.

  • Japan

    Streets in Japan are immaculate; even in Tokyo, the capital, and a massive megacity, all streets are spotless and litter-free.

  • South Africa

    Lions, elephants and giraffes may not roam the city streets, but nature and animals are never too far away in South Africa.

  • South Korea

    One of the unique facts about Koreans is that they’re automatically one year old at birth. A newborn baby is considered one year old in South Korea.



  • Austria

    This Central European nation sits in the Austrian Alps. As a result, only about 30% of the country is found anywhere below 1,640 feet.

  • Belgium

    Depending on which region of the country you’re in, you’ll find that people in Belgium will speak French, German, or Dutch. No language is called ‘Belgian’.

  • Czechia

    Prague was spared extensive bombing in WWII, allowing its historic center to preserve its original buildings.

  • Denmark

    Denmark has consistently ranked the world’s happiest country, topping numerous surveys and lists, including the UN World Happiness Report.

  • Finland

    Finland is known as the land of a thousand lakes. Yet, in actual fact, the number is more than 187 times that!

  • France

    Of all the countries in the world, France is the most visited! Approximately 89 million people visit France every year.

  • Germany

    The Cologne Cathedral is located in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. These massive spires make for the tallest cathedral in the entire world.

  • Hungary

    Budapest, the Hungarian capital, has the highest number of thermal springs in the world. 70 million liters of thermal water rise to the earth’s surface daily.

  • Iceland

    Iceland is known as one of the youngest landmasses on the planet and was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.

  • Italy

    If you’re seeking history, you’ll undoubtedly find it in Italy. Italy has more than 55 heritage sites and a stunning representation of historical characteristics.

  • Netherlands

    To this day, windmills are an integral part of the Dutch landscape. More than 1,000 historic windmills have been preserved, and you can visit many of them.

  • Poland

    Poland is home to the first upside-down house in the world. The house was built the wrong way up in a forest and looks like something out of a fairytale.

  • Slovakia

    Bratislava is the only capital in the world that borders two countries, Austria and Hungary. You can reach both capital cities incredibly quickly.

  • Spain

    Spanish language is the second-most widely spoken native language in the world. (In case you were wondering Mandarin is number one)

  • Sweden

    Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer months. It means that you could see the sun even at midnight.

  • Switzerland

    You can always count on a beautiful, pristine lake to add a touch of magic to any photograph. The country is home to more than 7,000 lakes.

*This list includes countries with which we have engaged in exchanges in the past or intend to engage in exchanges in the future. These exchanges are carried out with specific Rotary Districts and may not encompass the entire country.