Rotary District 6600 includes 64 clubs and over 3,500 members in Northern Ohio​.

ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange.

More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.

Recruitment Poster

DISTRICT CONTACT

George Costaras d6600rye@yahoo.com

CLUB & STUDENT INFORMATION

CLUB INFORMATION

If your Rotary District 6600 Club is considering becoming involved in Rotary Youth Exchange, please contact a member of the Youth Exchange Committee and a mentor will be assigned to assist your club with paperwork, committee training, and any questions or concerns along the way. A listing of committee members follows at the end of the toolkit provided below.

Rotary Youth Exchange is an exciting program and we want to involve as many clubs (and as many students) as possible!

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STUDENT INFORMATION

As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. Whether you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You will be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas.

You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.

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RYE CALENDAR

Date Activity Individuals Involved Comments &Further Information
November 30, 2016 Application deadline for Long Term Outbounds Long Term Outbound Students Some flexibility with this date…check with the Outbound Chair
December 3-10, 2016 Rotary Florida Adventure Inbound Students-optional Students –$880 per person quad occupancy;Transportation to Columbus needed;Info: http://www.mcmurraytravelservice.com/
December 10, 2016 Outbound InterviewsInbound Meeting & Social Outbound Candidates and Parents – mandatory;Inbound Students – mandatory;Club YE Committee Members;Other Interested Individuals(DG, DGN, DGE, HFs, etc.) Kalahari Waterpark;7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH;Students – no fee;Transportation needed;RYE District Committee meeting;RYE Learning Opportunities available
January 30, 2017 Application deadline for Short Term Outbounds Short Term Outbound Students Some flexibility with this date…check with the Short Term Program Chair
February 11, 2017 Outbound Orientation and Inbound Student Social Outbound Students and Parents, Inbound Students Hosted byPerrysburg Rotary, Carranor Hunt and Polo Club, 502 E. Second St., Perrysburg, OH; Bruce Samuelson, President(bruce@bsiassociates.com);Inbound/outbound students – no fee;Transportation needed;RYE District Committee meeting;RYE Learning Opportunities available
March 2017 Outbound Orientation #2 Outbound Students and Parents Michigan;Students – no fee;RYE Learning Opportunities available
March 10-19, 2017 Rotary Eastern Adventure Inbound Students – optional Students – $ 990 per person quad occupancy;Transportation to Columbus needed;Info: http://www.mcmurraytravelservice.com/
May 19-21,2017 District Conference Inbound and Outbound Students Sawmill Creek Resort;400 Sawmill Creek Drive, Huron, Ohio;Students – no fee;Transportation needed;RYE Learning Opportunities available
May 2017 World Community Workshop Inbound Students-mandatory, Outbound Students-optional Defiance College;Students – no fee (Fees paid by host/sponsoring clubs);Transportation needed;RYE Learning Opportunities available;Info and registration: www.defiancerotary.org
June 14-282017 Rotary Western Adventure Inbound Students-optional Students – $2060 per person quad occupancy (Includes Air Fare);Transportation to student scheduled airport (discuss with student before student notifies McMurray Travel);Info: http://www.mcmurraytravelservice.com/
July2017 Outbound Orientation #3 Outbound students-mandatory, Outbound Parents-optional Otterbein College, Westerville, OH;Students – no fee (Fees paid by District);District 6600 RYE Committee must be represented;RYE Training for Club Committees;RYE Learning Opportunities available

MEET THE STUDENTS

LONG-TERM EXCHANGE

INBOUND STUDENTS 2016-17

{Student, Sponsoring Country, Hosting Club}
Victoria, Belgium, Bryan Rotary Club

“I want to discover another culture, and meet other people, other ways of life. I wish I’ll come back with a lot of wonderful memories and I also hope to let to the people I’ll have also wonderful memories.”

Caio, Brazil, Hicksville Rotary Club

“I hope to have fun, see things from a different point of view and learn about a new culture as an Exchange Student and get even more mature when I return.”

Angelo, Brazil, Tiffin Rotary Club

“Since I was a child I have been very interested in meeting people from other countries learning their history and culture. Personally I always wanted to have that experience, so I consider the Rotary Exchange Program a great opportunity to realized my dream. Through the Rotary Exchange Program I expect to be exposed to a new culture learning from it and broadening my mind by this way of my vision the world.”

Jan, Czech Republic, Findlay Rotary Club

“I hope to get to know a different culture well and see whether I can get on with new people in an unknown environment. I would very much like to gain a new perspective on my own culture and everyday life to be able to share it with my family and friends.”

Thomas, France, Elyria Rotary Club

“I would like to benefit from this student exchange to discover a new culture and new people and to improve my foreign languages. I think it will open my mind on a large range of things, ways of living, of thinking.”

Sonja, Germany, Vermilion Rotary Club

“I want to become independent and want to stand on my own feet.”

Johannes, Germany, Antwerp Rotary Club

“I want to join this exchange because I am interested in other countries, cultures, and nature. Also it is a chance for me which I want to take.”

Gio, Italy, Bellevue Rotary Club

“I hope to make this experience, because I think that it will serve me like a life experience, to help me to grow, change myself and my way of thinking, knowing new realities.”

Majo, Mexico, Amherst Rotary Club

“To know about other traditions, to be independent, see how other people live.”

Fey, Peru, Loudonville Rotary Club

“I want that my experience like an exchange student will give me the opportunity know other cultures, other people and learn English very well, and I am sure that this experience it is going to be very fun and happy.”

Tiffany, South Korea, Marion Rotary Club

“In fact, I don’t know well about Korea, because it is so familiar and natural. But when I go abroad, I need to explain my country so, in this opportunity, I’m will learn about my country and also many countries.”

LONG-TERM EXCHANGE

OUTBOUND STUDENTS 2016-17

{Student, Sponsoring Club, Host Country}
John, Bowling Green Rotary Club, India

John met two Exchange Students while at school. He said, “That was my first experience with any foreign exchange students, and I was truly intrigued. It was very interesting trying to teach them things about my culture and to have them teach me things about theirs. That experience made me think more about the world and the people in it. I began to wonder what sort of lives people lead on lands away from mine. These thoughts sparkled the idea that maybe I should be an exchange student.”

Christiana, Vermilion Rotary Club, Italy

“I hope to get a new perspective on things, study the new culture I will live I, and share mine. Writing this, I have no idea where I will live in a year from now, or what language I will be attempting to speak, and that is scary and exciting. I want to expand my horizons and make as many connections and friends I can.”

Emma, Elyria Sunrise Rotary Club, France

“I hope to accomplish fluency in another language and achieve a better understanding of other cultures.”

Cat, Oberlin Rotary Club, Brazil

Cat was a Short Term Student to Ecuador Summer 2015. Her sister, Angela, was a Long Term Exchange Student to France 2015-2016. Cat said, “As an exchange student, I hope to immerse myself in another in another culture and to learn about customs and the language of another country.”

Inna, Rotary Club of North Coast, Belgium

“As an exchange student, I want to be able to feel the incessant beauty in another place. I want to have a place in the world where my heart will always stay. I want to learn another language and spread its charm to every corner of the world. Lastly, I want to feel what it is like to have the best days of my life.”

Austin, Defiance Rotary Club, Germany

“I hope to open up my horizons by making new friends, learning a new culture and language, and creating lifelong relationships with people I meet along the way!”

Katie, Tiffin Rotary Club, Mexico

“My goal on this trip is to meet new people and hopefully determine if I want to pursue a foreign language major in college. I hope and expect to come home with a different perspective of the world around me. I truly believe traveling to a different country will be a humbling and eye-opening experience.”

More RYE Information

Find more about the Rotary Youth Exchanges on these websites: OhioErie.org | Rotary.org

World Community Workshop Information

This three-day workshop for high-school students is designed to help participants learn about the history, customs, economic and political issues of a selected region of the world.

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