Short-term exchange overview

Rotary District 5220 offers students the chance to spend several weeks during the summer in our short term youth exchange program. Most exchanges are family-to- family. For example, one of our students will go to Germany for 3 weeks and stay in a family with a child of similar age and gender. Our student will return with that child for 3 weeks in California.

Additional details …

  • Students that want to go abroad but are unable to host a student can go to Germany or Brazil. Families that want to host students but are unable to send can host Germans.
  • Basic food and lodging expenses are provided by the host families. Students are responsible for airfare, medical insurance, and spending money, which we estimate will run about $1,500.


Short-term and long-term exchanges, overview

Rotary’s traditional Youth Exchange program is open to students ages 15 to 18. Interested students must complete an application, be interviewed and agree to abide by Rotary’s established standards and guidelines for safety. Students will be interviewed and notified of selection within one month of applying for the program. Early application is encouraged, final application deadlines depend upon the program.

New Generations Exchange

Rotary also has a program of exchange for young adults aged 18 to 25, who can be students or working. Participation in this program does not require hosting. Young adults can apply to go to Curitiba, Brazil for three to six weeks in the summer.

Who qualifies?

Students must live, work, or go to school in Rotary District 5220, which includes 55 clubs and more than 2,300 members in The Northern San Joaquin Valley and Mother Lode. The district ranges from Galt to Madera and Oakhurst to Angels Camp, including Yosemite National Park. It includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Calaveras, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties.


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