Our program is one of the safest in the world. Students are protected through careful supervision and policies that prevent risky activities. We prioritize their well-being and have measures in place to address any potential risks.
We take our responsibility seriously. Host families are carefully selected, and local exchange officers provide excellent support as counselors. Students attend Rotary club meetings, where they can connect with community leaders who can offer assistance and guidance. Knowing that they have a network of caring individuals can provide comfort to students while they are away from home.
Credit transfer depends on the school system, but the exchange experience can enhance a student’s resume and application. Colleges and universities often view the exchange experience as a valuable opportunity for personal growth and expanded perspectives. Some institutions may even offer credits for foreign language proficiency. Living in a foreign country can accelerate a student’s maturing process and provide them with valuable life skills that can benefit their college life and future endeavors.
Our program is designed to be more affordable compared to other exchange programs. We strive to make youth exchange opportunities accessible to young people from diverse backgrounds. The costs associated with orientations, preparation, administration, visas, travel, and insurance are averaged and covered by each outbound participant. This essentially means that our program functions as a $20,000+ scholarship, significantly reducing the financial burden of a year of living and studying abroad. Additionally, scholarships may be available in some cases to further alleviate costs for families.
Parents are responsible for a lump sum payment that includes application fees, insurance, passport/visa costs, airline travel, and orientation/processing fees. Host Rotary clubs cover basic costs for inbound students, including school tuition (if applicable), a home with a host family, food, transportation to school and some activities, and a monthly spending allowance (varies by country). However, certain expenses such as special school trips, extracurricular activities, clothing, extra spending money, and optional trips are separate and covered by parents.
While our program primarily focuses on cultural exchange rather than tourism, supervised travel opportunities may be available through host families and Rotary Club members. Additionally, Rotary may offer optional group tours in some countries, which would be at the student’s expense.