Youth Exchange in Rotary District 7490
 
Sponsored by Rotary International, Youth Exchange gives students an opportunity to live and to learn in other countries throughout the world.  In recent years, students (mostly juniors in high school, but also Sophomores,  Seniors and post-grads) have come to our District from Thailand, Belgium, Brazil and France. They stay at the homes  of host families in the District; those families act as the students’ surrogate families. 
 
Incoming students attend school in the community that has adopted them for the entire academic year.  At the same time, teens in our District have the opportunity to travel to other countries around the world to attend school there and to live with host families who are Rotarians in other countries. 
 
The program also offers a short-term stay for three months, often during the summer.  In general, the host family abroad will send their son or daughter to the town of the local Rotary-sponsored teenager, and vice versa.  This is a very competitive program, but students are always welcomed to apply.
 
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