What are RYE Programs
Two programs are offered under Rotary Youth Exchange:
- Long Term Exchange
- Short Term Exchange
Both the programs are framed for youth in the age-group of 15 to 19. Long term program involves a year long stay at the host country while the short term program is for 4 to 6 weeks.
What is Long Term Exchange Program?
Typically, students in the age group of 15 to 19 are sent to another country for a year-long stay, generally living with multiple host families during the year and being expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country. The students are expected to be exposed to culture, language, traditions and also the education system in the host country
What is Short Term Exchange Program?
Short Term Exchange Programs (STEP) vary in length from 4 to 6 weeks. Although students generally would not attend school in the host country, they may be able to tailor the exchange to match their interests or to include tours of specific places or regions. The four most common types of short-term exchanges are home-stays, tours, family-to-family, and international youth camps.
Who Can Apply?
RYE Programs are open to students ages 15-19. To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community. Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors. All applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary club and complete a written application and in-person interview
What is the Cost of the Program?
The program is completely administered by Rotary club members, keeping program expenses low. Costs vary depending on the district and country where the exchange occurs. Typically, students are expected to cover:
- Round-trip airfare,
- Insurance towards travel, medical, accident etc.,
- Costs of passports, visa & tours, pocket money for inbounds and
- Emergency funds.
- For long term exchange program, the students have to bear hosting fees in addition
What are the rules to obey?
Rotary International has prescribed set of rules of conduct to be followed by the students during exchange. The rules are framed in the interest of the safety and wellbeing of the students and have to be strictly obeyed during the entire tenure of the exchange. Any violation of the rules of conduct by the student will lead to immediate deporting from the host country.
What is the safety during exchange?
Rotary International maintains a strict youth protection policy while implementing the program. Both the host and sending districts are scrutinized and certified by Rotary International to participate in the Youth Exchange program assuring best practices for student safety and prevention of abuse and harassment of youth.
How to Apply?
To apply, contact your nearest Rotary Club or contact district RYE Team who will guide you about the detailed requirements and procedure for application. Application form can also be obtained by writing to the email addresses mentioned in "Contact Us"