Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Our Club has sponsored both inbound students from other countries and outbound students from Chimacum and Quilcene to other countries around the world for over thirty-five years.


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.


How can I apply?


Candidates are ages 15-19 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.


Here are a few comments from recent Rotary Youth Exchange participants: 


“Overall, I’d say I’ve really grown as a person. My perspective on life and cultures and the world has changed so much. I respect that all cultures are different, and I love learning about how different countries are from others. My year abroad really has been the most life changing and amazing thing I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to see new countries and to share the story of my exchange. Thank you for everything! Molly Meissner, former Youth Exchange student from Chimacum, Washington, USA


“During my year in Brazil, I was a representative of Australia, my family, and of Rotary. Doing something bigger than yourself, it humbles you.”    Joel Jackson, former Youth Exchange student from Australia


Before, I would never be able to make a conversation with a person I didn’t know. Now, I can proudly say it isn’t like that anymore. I can go up to people. I have become more open, more mature.” Varda Shah, former Youth Exchange student from India


“To meet up with my classmates and host families after 50 years ahas been simply amazing. Through Rotary Youth Exchange I had such a precious chance and a fabulous experience. Thank you. “  Yoko Sekimoto, the first Youth Exchange student from Japan


Are you interested in learning more about Rotary Youth Exchange? Contact the Rotary Club of East Jefferson County at ><