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 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.  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.

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.


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 southwestern corner of Germany, which includes the beautiful rolling hills of the Black Forest, Lake Constance, and the lower Rhine River valley. An advantage of this location is that students will have the opportunity to visit neighboring countries such as France, Switzerland, and Austria. Students will travel together to and from Germany with an adult chaperone. They will stay in family homes, except during a four day break at a youth hostel, where all students will participate in group activities. Knowledge of the German language is not required for this trip. Students can participate in this trip without hosting and families can host German students without sending a student. Our students go to Germany from July 7th to July 28, 2014. They return with their German exchange students on July 28, 2014 The Germans leave for home on August 18, 2014.

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