Rotary District 5080 Youth Exchange:  British Columbia, Idaho, Washington
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How Much Does it Cost?

Click on the Program Fees for the flat fee cost and payment schedule.


How Long Does it Last?

Long term exchanges are for an academic year and vary from 10 to 11 ½ months depending on the country. Students depart in the July-September period and return after the end of the academic year.

Application Process
  1. Contact your local Rotary Club and tell them of your interest or send us an email and we’ll let you know who to contact in your area.  

  2. You and your parents need to complete the Preliminary Outbound Student Application and Country Preference* form.    Submit to your local Rotary Club by October 1.

  3. Student and parents interviewed by local Rotary Club during October.  

  4. Upon approval by local Rotary Club, you and your parents should complete the Long Term Exchange Program Application and the Long Term Exchange Program Travel Permission and Financial Agreement* forms.  Please follow the Instructions included in the application carefully.  

  5. Submit 3 original signed applications plus an additional original signed Guarantee Form (per the Instructions in the application) and a check for the registration fee to your sponsor club by November 25.  Each application set is to include:  

  1. application, travel permission and financial agreement form

  2. birth certificate 

  3. school transcript                      

  4. passport (if available)

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Interview and Acceptance

District level interviews are conducted with student and parents during November.

After the District interview you will be advised in writing of whether or not you have been formally accepted as an outbound Rotary Exchange Student. 

Country Assignment

In February you will be notified of your host country assignment.  The District Committee attempts to assign each student one of their top three choices but this is not always possible.  Your exact destination within the country will not be known until April or May.  As soon as it is known you will be contacted by the D5080 Outbound Coordinator and by your host District.

Travel Arrangements

As soon as your host country is identified, you will be contacted by Rotary’s travel agent and asked to register online.  

After your exact destination is known, round trip open return date airline tickets will be purchased and the Visa application process will start.

Contact Tzell  Travel Group at 800-888-5275 if you need assistance at any time directly from the travel agent.

Orientation for Outbound Students

The first weekend in May there is a two day Outbound Orientation at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Attendance is mandatory for student and at least one parent.  You will have the opportunity to meet the District Youth Exchange Committee members and other key people.

Academic Credit

Students who wish to receive credit for their school courses need to determine if this is possible with their local school administration before departure.

Program Rules

Students must abide by the rules established by Rotary, which can vary from country to country.   Host District rules will be provided in writing, for you and your parents to sign and return.  Additionally, students must abide by the Rotary International rules, part of the long term application.

More Information:

Guide for Exchange Students

District 5080 Outbound Student's Packing List

Exchange Student Alumnae ("Rebounder") Website

Glossary of Common Terms and Abbreviations in Rotary Youth Exchange