The Rotary Youth Exchange program was started in 1929 by Rotary International, and currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary Clubs every year. Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15 -19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Still, students are usually responsible for round-trip airfare, travel insurance, passports, and visa and spending money for any additional travel or tours. To apply, contact your local Rotary Club for details.
Today, Mariana said her favorite thing so far is attending Rochester High School, which is MUCH larger than her hometown high school. She was surprised that students move from class to class, while in Mexico, the students stay in one classroom, and the teachers move from class. She also loved her first football game. Go Falcons!