North Star offers two types of exchanges:
At the end of the day or your second interview and your attendance at the Country Fair, you will asked to submit 5 countries you would like to be considered for. Only age available countries will be open for your selection (if you are too old or too young for a specific country it will not be available for your selection).
These selections will not be rated and therefore you will be considered for anyone of them, if you are selected. You also have an opportunity to select countries you do not want to be considered for an unlimited number will be available to you.
While room and board for the exchange are provided by the host family, the student and the student’s own family assume certain financial obligations. While the Rotarians volunteer countless hours to provide a rewarding experience for the student and are able to offer a scholarship to all student’s accepted, the participation fee for students applying for 2024-25 is $7,000. Included in this amount are: round-trip air transportation, Rotary blazer and emblem, basic insurance and other misc. expenses. The host Rotary club will provide a modest monthly allowance, and will typically pay the student’s tuition for all required academic programs.
In addition, a program has been established by the North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Committee to help pay part of the Youth Exchange Program fee ($7,000.00) for those students who demonstrate financial need. After district interviews and acceptance of your country assignment, you will receive information in the mail in January regarding financial assistance. For more information about the participation fee, take a look at our Cost of Participation 2024-25 document.
The first step is to complete your online application and start submitting the additional documents required. Please visit the Where Clubs Meet District 5950 or Where Clubs Meet District 5960 sections of the district Web sites to find the Rotary Club nearest you. Or you may contact the North Star Rotary Youth Exchange Office: email@example.com. Please contact your local Rotary club representative and you will be advised of the club’s procedures for application. Your local Rotary Youth Exchange club exchange officer will review your application and schedule an interview for you and your parents. If you meet the requirements of a good candidate, your application will be forwarded to the Youth Exchange Office, and you will be invited to a final interview. All interviewed candidates will receive the results of this final interview in December.
If you are selected to be a Rotary Exchange Student, you and your parents must attend three mandatory Outbound Orientations. If yours is a one-parent family, only the parent with whom you live is required to attend. There may be one additional orientation session scheduled before departure. Departure to your exchange country will occur in June, July or August.
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