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
Our 2018 Exchange Students
On Sept. 17, 2018, President Lisa Brown wrote the following on Facebook- “Looking forward to today’s meeting and hearing all about Lauren and Kegan’s Rotary Youth Exchange trips that they took part in this past summer! Kegan went to Italy 🇮🇹 and Lauren went to France 🇫🇷! What an awesome experience for these two! “
At our regular luncheon meeting, Rotarian Tina Monahan introduced Lauren Lockhart and Kegan Wallace who are both Grade 10 students at Sussex Regional High School, members of the Interact Club, and participants in the summer 2018 Rotary Student Exchange Program.
Lauren Lockhart and Kegan Wallace gave PowerPoint presentations on their summer student exchange trips.
Lauren went to France and stayed with Julie Descloitres’ family in Templeuve en Pévèle, France. She highlighted the places she visited including Vimy Ridge and expressed how exciting it was to be in France when France won the World Cup. Lauren stated it was an experience that she will never forget.
Kegan Wallace went to Carrara, Italy where he stayed with Lorenzo Lazzinni’s family. His first city to visit was Florence which is rich with culture, architecture and art. Kegan highlighted many firsts for himself while in Italy and stated it was an experience he would love to repeat.
They were thanked by Tina.
Exchange Student’s Mom Visits Club
On Aug. 13, 2018, District Governor Silvana Bosca made her official club visit to share with the membership the goals and objectives of Rotary International & District 7810 for the Rotary Year 2018-19.
Before the meeting, fellow Rotarian & MP Alaina Lockhart dropped in to say hello and to thank Rotary for the great opportunity her daughter Lauren experienced on her recent Student Exchange visit to France. Pictured above are (L-R) MLA Bruce Northrup, MP Alaina Lockhart, DG Silvana Bosco, visiting Exchange student Julie Decloitres from Templeuve en Pévèle, France, and Lauren Lockhart.
For the Rotary Minute, the Exchange Students Julie Decloitres, Lauren Lockhart, and Kegan Wallace addressed the Club and said a few words about their recent exchanges- Julie visiting Lauren from France, Lauren to Templeuve en Pévèle, France, and Kegan visiting Lorenzo Lazzinni, in Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region).
The picture above of the students was added to Facebook after our meeting with the following description-
“Rotary Club of Sussex meeting with a great group of friends and our District Governor, Sylvana Bosca. We also have Lauren Lockhart, with her exchange student, Julie (Decloitres) from France! Kegan (Wallace) has just returned from Italy and gave us a little insight into his recent exchange:) Welcome everyone!”
It was not long before the above comments by the parents of Kegan and Lauren appeared on FB under our page.
The Rotary Club of Sussex appreciates very much the participation of the families of the Exchange Students as the families play a huge role in the success the the program.
Club Social at Bob & Ginette Black’s
On July 24, 2018, the club enjoyed a potlsocialiial at Bob & Ginette Black’s home on Belleisleslle Bay.
While there, the group were able to connect with Lauren Lockhart in France via FaceTime! We had arranged this ahead of time and Lauren didn’t mind staying up. It 1:30 in France! We are really looking forward to her presentation in the fall about her adventures abroad! Lauren is taking part in the Rotary Short-Term Exchange Program. To learn more about this amazing program visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges
On July 17, Kegan Wallace’s mother (Tammy Scott-Wallace) writes on Facebook “Wow. My boy just arrived in Rome after travelling since yesterday. He hasn’t even been to his Italian home yet and this is what he gets to see. Lucky boy.”
The Rotary Club of Sussex is so pleased that they can offer these exciting and life changing experiences to youth thanks to the support of the Sussex and surrounding areas in our fund raising efforts.
Kegan Wallace leaves for Italy
Kegan Wallace and visiting Exchange Student Lorenzo Lazzini depart on July 16, 2018 for Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region)Italy. Lorenzo is returning home with great memories and experiences from visiting the Wallace family for three weeks, and Kegan is starting his great adventures with Lorenzo and his family in Italy.
Kegan’s mother(Tammy Scott-Wallace) writes “Well…sob…my boy is off to spend three weeks with an amazing Italian family. Can’t wait to hear all about it Kegan Wallace. Xoxo Thank you Sussex Rotary for the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Canada Day 2018
Shown above are the host family, the Wallace’s, and their Exchange Student Lorenzo enjoying Canada Day on July 1, 2018. Left to right are Kegan Wallace, Hostess Tammy Scott-Wallace, visiting Exchange Student from Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region), Lorenzo Lazzini, Kegan’s sister Jaime, and Host Troy along with family pet Captain.
Kegan will be returning with Lorenzo for Italy in July for a three week exchange.
Tammy wrote on Facebook “What a fun Canada Day weekend. It’s extra special to have an overseas guest for our national holiday. We feel so proud of where we live. We are loving this Rotary exchange with our Italian visitor”.
Exchange Student Lauren Lockhart
Pictured above is our latest Exchange Student, Lauren Lockhart, daughter of rotarian Alaina Lockhart, MP, and rick as she poses at the airport on her way to France on June , 2018.
“And off she goes! Thank you Rotary Club of Sussex NB for giving Lauren Lockhart this amazing exchange opportunity in France! She literally never looked back after she said good-bye.” Those were the words of Lauren’s mother, Alaina, as she and Rick said good bye to Lauren.
June 25, 2018 was our last meeting for the year 2017 – 2018.
Our next Rotary Exchange Student, Kegan Wallace of Kings County Interact Club, introduced Lorenzo Lazzinni, from Carrara, Italy (Tuscany Region), also an Exchange Student, who is currently staying with Kegan and his family. Lorenzo will be here for the next three weeks and then Kegan will return with Lorenzo to Italy.
In talking to Kegan’s mother, Tammy Scott-Wallace on June 29, she said “We have had our Italian visitor with us for one week and this is just so exciting for our whole family. We are having a blast rediscovering our own Maritimes, and I could only dream to see what Kegan is going to experience in a couple weeks :)”
This type of student exchange program that takes place all over the world is just one facet of what ROTARY is all about!
Adventure in Citizenship
Rotarian Christine Moffett introduced Sophia Sharp, President of the Kings County Interact Club, and Grade 11 student at Sussex Regional High School as our speaker for June 18, 2018.
Sophia reported on her trip to Ottawa as part of the Adventure in Citizenship conference sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. This event was a packed with activities – visits to Parliament, museums, and cultural events along with listening to special speakers and making friends. The Ottawa has been hosting this event for more than 60 years and Sussex Rotary has been actively involved for more than 30 years.
Rotarian Robert Kimball thanked Sophia for her enthusiast presentation.
District 7810 Youth RYLA Gathering
On May 5, 2018, future exchange students and their parents from District 7810 gathered at Crandall University in Moncton with Rotarians for their exchange orientation session.
Pictured above is one of our Club’s two exchange students, Kegan Wallace, son of Tammy Scott-Wallace & Troy Wallace of Sussex. and this occasion was in the spring at Crandall University when the exchange orientation session was held for the exchange students for 2018 and their parents .
Kegan is a member of the Kings County Interac Club, and will be a great ambassador for our Club.
I had a blast this weekend at the Rotary Youth Exchange Orientation spent with other exchange students as well as other Rotarians! I learnt so much useful information while making so many friends along the way! I’m so excited to be taking part in an exchange this coming summer in France! Thank you to Rotary Club of Sussex NB and Rotary District 7810 for giving me this opportunity!
Those were the words of appreciation from Lauren Lockhart, daughter of Rotarian Alaina Lockhart, MP and Rick, who will be visiting France this summer on her Student Exchange visit.
Lauren and Kegan will be great Ambassadors for our Club, Town, Province and Country.
Student Exchanges 2017
We had two special visitors join us at our lunch time Rotary meeting on July 31, 2017 ! Rory Keith (right) from Havelock, NB and Anna Fluhr from Metz Tessy, France. Rory and Anna took part in the Short-Term Youth Exchange Program this year with the support of Rotary. Rory went to France and stayed with Anna’s family for three weeks and now Anna is here staying with Rory’s family for 3 weeks.
What an amazing opportunity! It was wonderful to meet you girls and thanks for sharing your experience with us!
Cory Bean, (left), a recent graduate of the Sussex Christian School and charter member of the Kings County Interact is in Ylivieska, Finland at the moment (Aug. 6, 2-17) taking part in Rotary’s Short-Term Youth Exchange Program! His exchange partner, Jesse Antinoja (right), was here in Sussex earlier in the summer staying with the Bean family learning and getting know more about our New Brunswick culture. What a great experience for these boys! We look forward to hearing all about Cory’s adventure when he gets back from his journey.
To learn more about Rotary’s exchange programs visit this link…
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