Rotary International Youth Exchange Program


East Jefferson Rotary has been, and continues to be, a vibrant supporter of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.  

At the commencement of each school year, the EJR Youth Exchange Committee selects Chimacum High School Students between 16 to 18 years of age, who have demonstrated above average academic and leadership capabilities for an overseas exchange. As well, we look for qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable the candidate to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.

All successful candidates must be sponsored by a local Rotary Club and district. This exchange lasts for one year during which the student will attend school and live with families in their host country. Rotary clubs in up to 140 countries and geographic areas participate. Not only do the students enjoy the ability to experience a different country and culture, they have the opportunity to share that experience with exchange students from other countries in the program.

This program could not exist without the wholehearted support of East Jefferson Rotary members. In order for our club to participate and send a student to a foreign destination, we must agree to accept a foreign exchange student in return.

The club must find and accredit host families for our incoming student. Additionally, any individual who has contact with the incoming foreign student must have a criminal background check and reference checks. The process is thoroughly detailed to ensure the complete safety of our youth.

During the year, the incoming student has numerous opportunities to travel throughout District 5020. Travel includes, but is not limited to, trips to Disneyland in November, Comox, B.C. in February, District Conference and finally, a summer trip to B.C. and Northwest U.S.

So as a good Rotarian, you are probably asking how you can contribute to this dynamic and valuable program. You could become a youth volunteer, working with our InterAct and Exchange students. If you find you have an available bedroom, you could volunteer as an exchange host family. (Several members of our club have experienced incredible benefit from, not only hosting but, going to the exchange student’s country and visiting their parents in a foreign setting.)

This is a vibrant program which is beneficial to the visiting exchange student as well as our own nominee. There are few programs which produce such results on an international basis. Join us! This program  requires your support and active participation.


Additional information

  • 2018-2019

  1. Outbound: Chile - Claire Jorgensen Blog
  2. Inbound: The Netherlands - Chi Giskes
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