Youth Exchange FAQs

What are the benefits? 

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • 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, and 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 homestays that take place when school is not in session. 


What are the costs?

Room and board are provided, 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 any additional travel or tours 

Where can we travel to and if chosen are we guaranteed that country?

Only the countries found on the current country list will be choices to travel to and are current Rotary partners. You are not guaranteed your first or even your third choice as the district decides your destination after an extensive interview with the nominee and their parents. Based on your personality and adaptability, the district will designate you to a country you will be more successful in, and have the most positive experience possible. 

Do the school credits earned on the exchange transfer over? 

Some students do make it happen, however in most circumstances, no. It depends on the country. Also, Rotary Youth Exchange for the most part believes this is a cultural exchange – not an educational exchange. If you are worried about grades all year – we think you’ll miss out on a lot. A one year exchange is a once in lifetime opportunity. Yes, you will attend school but most times the grades do not count. Small price to pay for a rare opportunity. Your real education will be OUTside school! 

So you want to be a Rotary Exchange Student? 

Every fall Rotary volunteers visit local high schools for info sessions with students. Watch for posters or ask your counselor – or check out our 'Important Dates' section! Just – DO IT! We then have a “student parent interview night” in October. This is followed by an interview process where we look for a qualified candidate ready for the opportunity of a life time! Is this you? We hope so! The two Rotary Clubs in Lloydminster, Alberta look forward to meeting you. 

How can I apply? 

We're looking for candidates ages 15-19 that are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact us for more information: 


Angie Koch 

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