Rotary District 5220 offers students the chance to spend several weeks during summer 2014 in our short -term youth exchange program. Most exchanges are family- to- family. For example, one of our students will go to France for 3 weeks and stay in a family with a student of similar age and gender. Our student will return with that student for 3 weeks in California.

How much does the short-term exchange cost?

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 $1,750. (Given current conditions it is difficult to estimate actual airfare cost.) There is an administrative fee of $475 per student, usually covered by the sponsoring Rotary Club. The fee allows us to host each foreign exchange student at Yosemite National Park.

Who is eligible?

Rotary’s traditional Youth Exchange program is open to students ages 15 to 19. 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.

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. Exceptions are allowed for students in Rotary districts, who are members of WESSEX.

How do I apply?

First, fill out this Short-Term Exchange Application. Short-Term Exchange Application 1.6 MB PDF


Please send one of the printed copies to Chris Currie by email to or mail to 3454 Shoemake Ave, Modesto, CA 95358 (209) 652-5976. Please answer the essay questions using a word processing program and e-mail this as a separate file or you can print it out and mail it. The photos can be e-mailed as separate files or printed out and mailed. You also need to fill out the Choice of Programs Form.

Applicants will need to attend a District level interview and the Host family and Host home are required to be visited by a Rotary member.

More information on specific programs is shown below:


This family to family exchange program has been running successfully for many years. Students will go to the Brittany area of France, France’s northwesternmost region, is a hilly peninsula extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Its lengthy, rugged coastline is dotted with beach resorts such as chic Dinard and walled Saint-Malo. Students will travel together to and from France with an adult chaperone. They will stay in family homes, except for the first two days where they will stay in Paris and have the opportunity of exploring this amazing city before heading to their host families.  Knowledge of the French language is not required for this trip.  Our students go to France from the beginning of July. They return with their French exchange students three weeks later. The French students leave for home in the middle of August.

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