Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.
Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students aged 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs in over 100 countries.
What are the benefits?
- Develop lifelong leadership skills
- Learn a new language and culture
- Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
- Become a global citizen
How long do exchanges last
Long term exchanges last a full academic year, students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.
Short term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours or home-stays that take place when school is not in session.
What are the costs?
Room and board are provided for, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:
- Round-trip airfare
- Travel insurance
- Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
- Spending money and for any additional tours or travel
How can I apply?
The Rotary Club of Sussex sponsors candidates aged 15-19 years old, that are leaders in their schools and communities and that live in the greater Sussex region of New Brunswick. Contact the Sussex Rotary Club at email@example.com to see what exchange opportunities are available and what our application process involves.
Can I host an exchange student?
Hosting an exchange student can be a very rewarding experience for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained. If you’re interested in learning more about hosting a Rotary exchange student, contact any member of the Sussex Rotary Club or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about our club’s experience and history with Rotary Youth Exchange
Adventure in Citizenship 2017
The Rotary Club of Sussex is very pleased to announce that Damon Brown, a grade 12 student from Sussex Regional High School, has been selected to participate in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program taking place in Ottawa this coming April 30th – May 3rd. Damon is a charter member of the newly formed Kings County Interact Club and has displayed “service above self” by volunteering his time …in our community to enhance the lives of others. We look forward to hearing all about your time spent in our nation’s capital Damon! Good luck and safe travels!
HISTORY OF THE ADVENTURE IN CITIZENSHIP PROGRAM
In 1951, The Rotary Club of Ottawa established its annual “Adventure in Citizenship” Program in which some 220 senior high school students, from across Canada, spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship. Public figures including former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, the Right Hon. Joe Clark, and the Hon. Ed Broadbent participated in the program as students.
Student Exchange Rebound!
New Friendships in France
Two summers ago, I (Jenn DuBois) went out to supper with the local Sussex Rotary Club, and at that dinner, there were some long term exchange students. Throughout the night, I talked and learned about all the amazing things the exchange had to offer and how it worked. Then it became my goal, to not only be the first student from the Sussex Club to go on an exchange, but also travel.
Filling out the application was long, and tested my patience, whether it was going to get a TB (tuberculosis) shot or going to the dentist to fill out paper work, even doing the paper work all over again because we didn’t have 3 copies of it, with original signatures. The process to fill out the application was long, but it was one of the best things I did.
After a few weeks I went for an interview with my parents to see if I knew the Canadian culture, and that we were all good people. Not only so Rotary knew we could represent Sussex, and Canada’s values, but also to make sure we were capable of hosting another student from a different culture.
Once I received the email with my possible counterpart’s application, and looked it over, I started to get excited. Finding out what country you might be going to, the places you could possibly visit, even knowing that you’ll have another sibling that has the same interests as you for a period of time. I couldn’t be more thankful to have had another sister for the summer; it was amazing. Capucine and I bonded, and will now remain friends for life. I never thought that I would want another sister, but I was mistaken.
The first 3 weeks in Canada with Capucine allowed me to experience more of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Although I have been to all these places before, I was able to look at each place we went to from a new perspective. These places that I once took for granted, I now see as a luxury, and appreciate them even more.
When it came closer to the end of Capucine’s time together in Canada, I grew nervous, but knowing that I had my family and Rotary behind me assured me I was going to be safe, and enjoy myself while in a new country. The flight was apparently long according to Capucine; I slept the whole way. After landing we learned the airline thought they lost my bags, but thankfully soon after they realized they were just at the back of the plane. Let’s just say I thought my first week in France was going to involve wearing the same outfit every day, which we all know is something I would struggle with.
My time in France is hard to even put into words. Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, and all the small towns we visited in between are all so different from each other, yet equally beautiful. You know those photos or movies that you see of European country’s? They don’t even begin to show the true beauty of the country. I enjoyed my experience so much, as I was able to walk around the beautiful cities, meet each of her family members and friends.
Meals in France are very different from ours, not only in content, but also in timing. If you slept in, you were likely to only eat until dinner at 8pm that night!!
Although there were a few things that had to be worked out during my time away, and I missed a few things at home, this experience is something I wouldn’t have changed for the world, and I hope that in the next few years’ others join in on the journey to experiences a new culture through the “Rotary Youth Exchange.”
Jennifer Dubois (Now a University Student at Dal)
Rotary Short Term Exchange Student 2015/2016