Our first District 6900 class of Rotary Youth Exchange students are all with their exchange families for the 2017/18 school year. We have 10 Georgia students spending a year in high school in nine countries - and several international students in Georgia for their RYE high school year abroad.
Applications for the 2018/2019 school year are open now, and the application deadline is November 1, 2017. Student applicants should be 14 – 17 years old at the time that they apply. They should be near the top of their class, mature for their age, and have some proven leadership and foreign language acquisition skills. The program is open to all qualified students who reside in the district, including children and grandchildren of Rotarians, although no special preference is given to students with Rotarian family members. Students pay a non-refundable a<p>pplication fee of $150.00 to be considered for the program. The application process is highly competitive and only the very best candidates are selected. Here's how the timeline works:
- Applications are reviewed and interviews are conducted with student applicants and their families in November, by club level and district level trained program volunteers.
- Successful outbound student candidates are selected in December and they learn their assigned exchange country by January 1. (Rotary, and not the students, selects the country).
- From January – July, outbound student candidates study their target language, attend two mandatory training sessions, learn about Rotary and participate in Rotary events.
We are currently looking for additional clubs in District 6900 that would like to sponsor either an “outbound student” (from Georgia to another country) or an “inbound student” (from another country to Georgia), or even one of each, for the 2018/2019 school year. The costs to the club to sponsor an outbound and/or an inbound student are minimal. The primary requirements for a club to participate in the program are to have a sincere interest in promoting the ideals of the program, and to appoint a minimum of two dedicated volunteers, who must each pass a criminal background check, and complete some mandatory training on the program. Those volunteer positions are called Youth Exchange Officer and Youth Exchange Counselor.
You can read more about the program under the Youth Exchange tab at the top of the district website.