Youth Exchange
Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.  Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens.  Contact District 6820 Youth Exchange Chair Grant Arinder, Rotary Club of Starkville for more information.  
Can I Host An Exchange Student?
Hosting an Exchange Student can be incredibly rewarding 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.  Host families can open their homes to students for short term or long term exchanges.  Contact District 6820 Youth Services Protection Officer Brent Fountain,  Rotary Club of Starkville for more Information.

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

How can I apply?

Candidates are 15-19 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.