Rotary District 5080 Youth Exchange:  British Columbia, Idaho, Washington
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Long Term Exchange

The Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange Program is open to students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 August 1 of departure year. The exchange runs an academic year, 10-12 months, during which the student is sponsored by a local Rotary Club, lives with host families, and attends school in one of approximately 70 host countries. This program aims to promote peace and inter-country understanding, while providing a challenging and enriching experience for selected student participants. 

The exchange experience offers you a new culture, a new language, new international friends, personal growth and maturity, the opportunity to teach others about your country, a broader view of the world, and, the BEST year of your life!!


Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange Program can be a life-changing experience for many students. Milena Gramann from Germany had an outstanding year in Castlegar, Canada, and her farewell speech to the Castlegar Sunrise Rotary Club is particularly insightful about how she felt about her exchange year.  Not only is Milena a very special person in many ways, but she also raised money for an important Rotary project, Rotoplast.  She has plans to complete her higher education in Germany, become an orthodontist and continue to contribute her skills to Rotaplast in the future. We salute Milena as a fine student participant in the Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange program.  Read more:  Milena's farewell speech ;  Milena's fundraising for RotoplastMilena's story about the Origami stars  


"My year as a Rotary Exchange student was challenging at times, but overall the most rewarding and memorable year of my life.  The challenges you may live through as an exchange student (homesickness, language barrier, culture shock, etc) are great oppportunities for personal growth.  Learning the language and customs of another country is valuable, but when you live with host families you have the opportunity to truly experience another way of life.  I have wonderful memories from my exchange year, and I go back to Ecuador to visit my host families and friends every 2-3 years." Alisa, District 5080 exchange student to Ecuador

"During my Rotary Youth Exchange to Ecuador in 2005, I experienced the host culture, learned about cultures of fellow exchange students, and gained a new appreciation of my own culture.  The joy of communicating in a new language inspired me to continue so that I am now learning my sixth language on a university exchange in South Korea." Kim, District 5080 exchange student to Ecuador