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TRAVEL THE WORLD BEFORE YOU START ADULTING

TRAVEL THE WORLD BEFORE YOU START ADULTING

STUDENTS

Imagine living in a different country, learning, and speaking a foreign language, eating exotic food, making international friends, and getting inside info on schooling in another country.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Programme makes it easy for young adventurers like you to pack your bags and go on an epic trip abroad.

You can choose to stay either for six weeks over the December holidays, or you can stay for a year – from January to January the following year .

Either way, you will return to Southern Africa a more mature, more independent, and wiser soul.

A Rotary Youth Exchange student has the following characteristics:

  • High moral standards.
  • Aspirations to become an ambassador for your country.
  • A wish to broaden your horizons.
  • An open mind.
  • Adventurous spirit.

How does the process work?

  • Complete and submit your online application.
  • A Rotary Youth Exchange Committee member will contact you to arrange an interview with you and your family.
  • Together with your parents, you attend a District Selection Interview to determine if you are a suitable candidate. The costs of the programme will be discussed at this interview.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirming your selection to the camp together with the time and venue of the selection camp.
  • At the selection camp you will be asked to identify three countries you would like to exchange with.
  • At this selection camp you will be provided with details of the process together with the dates of the compulsory orientation sessions during the year.
  • Once all the district selection camp is completed, you will receive an e-mail confirming whether your application was successful or not.
  • Once you are accepted into the programme, you and your family’s experience begins and you will attend several orientations throughout the year.
  • These orientations prepare you and your family for the adventure ahead and are compulsory.

Why use Rotary Youth Exchange to broaden your horizons?

  • The Rotary International Youth Exchange programme is the most inexpensive of its kind in the country.
  • Rotary Youth Exchange is a non-profit organisation.
  • We offer multi-tiered support to students, parents, and host families.
  • We arrange everything – from flights, to transits, to accommodation.

Are you ready to set sail to a far-off land?

Which countries can you explore?

Argentina

Argentina

Capital: Buenos Aires

Language: Spanish

Main attractions: Andes mountains, glacial lakes and Pampas grassland.

Famous resident: The football player Lionel Messi

Austria

Austria

Capital: Vienna

Language: German

Main attractions: baroque architecture and Alpine terrain.

Famous residents: Wolfgang Mozart

Belgium

Belgium

Capital: Brussels

Language: Dutch, French, German

Main attractions: La Grand Place and the Blue Forest

Famous resident: Audrey Hepburn

Brazil

Brazil

Capital: Brasilia

Language: Portuguese

Main attractions: The Amazon basin, massive waterfalls, and beautiful beaches.

Famous resident: The author Paulo Coelho

Chile

Chile

Capital: Santiago

Language: Spanish

Main attractions: The Atacama Desert, volcanoes, and the world’s largest swimming pool.

Famous resident: Poet and politician Pablo Neruda

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Capital: Prague

Language: Czech

Main attractions: Ornate castles, and Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings.

Famous resident: The tennis player Martina Navratilova

Denmark

Denmark

Capital: Copenhagen

Language: Danish

Main attractions: Royal palaces, Nyhavn harbour, and the Little Mermaid statue.

Famous resident: The author Hans Christian Andersen

Germany

Germany

Capital: Bern

Language: German

Main attractions: Forests, rivers, mountain ranges, and beaches.

Famous resident: The scientist Albert Einstein

Finland/Estonia

Finland/Estonia

Capital: Helsinki

Language: Finnish, Swedish

Main attractions: Museums and the
Northern Lights

Famous resident: The race car driver Mika Hakkinen

France

France

Capital: Paris

Language: French

Main attractions: Classical art museums and the Palace of Versailles

Famous resident: The fashion designer Coco Chanel

Hungary

Hungary

Capital: Budapest

Language: Hungarian

Main attractions: Medieval and neoclassical buildings, and mineral spas.

Famous resident: The magician Harry Houdini

India

India

Capital: New Delhi

Language: Hindi and English

Main attractions: The Taj Mahal mausoleum and massive mosques

Famous resident: Mother Teresa

Italy

Italy

Capital: Rome

Language: Italian

Main attractions: The Vatican, landmark art and ancient ruins

Famous resident:  The artist Leonardo da Vinci

Netherlands

Netherlands

Capital: Amsterdam

Language: Dutch and English

Main attractions: Canals, tulip fields, windmills, and cycling routes.

Famous resident: The painter Vincent van Gogh

Mexico

Mexico

Capital: Mexico City

Language: Spanish

Main attractions: Mountains, deserts, jungles, and ancient ruins.

Famous resident: The artist Frida Kahlo

Poland

Poland

Capital: Warsaw

Language: Polish

Main attractions: Medieval architecture and Jewish heritage.

Famous resident: The composer Frédéric Chopin

Spain

Spain

Capital: Madrid

Language: Spanish

Main attractions: Unique architecture and medieval castles

Famous resident: The architect Antoni Gaudi

Sweden

Sweden

Capital: Stockholm

Language: Swedish and Finnish

Main attractions: Inland lakes, vast forests and glaciated mountains.

Famous residents: Pop group ABBA

Thailand

Thailand

Capital: Bangkok

Language: Thai

Main attractions: Tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples.

Famous resident: The film director and producer Anand Tucker

Taiwan

Taiwan

Capital: Taipei

Language: Mandarin

Main attractions: Modern cities, traditional Chinese temples, and hot spring resorts.

Famous resident: The actor Takeshi Kaneshiro

USA

USA

Capital: Washington DC

Language: English

Main attractions: Modern cities, breath-taking nature, Hollywood.

Famous resident: Morgan Freeman

Are you ready to explore the globe?