Academic Year and Summer Cultural Exchange Programs



  • Rotary Youth
whybe_bkgd_052005-2 Academic year and summer exchange programs
Every year about 8,000 students from around the world participate in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Programs, traveling to another country.

Academic Year Exchange Brochure
   Program Information  Application
High School students or recent high school graduates taking a gap year can spend an academic year attending high school in a foreign country and living with host families and seeing another part of the world.  Free room, board, tuition.  Rotary clubs just pay a monthly stipend for a high school year abroad.   Value: priceless!

Summer Exchange Brochure   Program Information  Application  
High School students spend a few weeks during the summer in a foreign country visiting with another family and seeing another part of the world. You visit another student in their country, live with their family and travel together for 2 or 3 weeks. Then both of you travel back to the states and the other student lives with you and your family and travel together for an equal amount of time. It is a true exchange and it’s our best kept secret!

Meet Our Exchange Students



If this experience sounds like something you would like to learn more see Youth Exchange Letter 2016-2017 from Rotary’s Youth Exchange Officer Robin Hopes.  To learn more or to be considered for an exchange program, first contact Robin at or 978-400-6030 about the program you’re interested in.  The club will then decide to sponsor a particular student and the application process can begin.  You can also find out more by going to the ESSEX website

The ESSEX Committee – Rotary District 7910

 Marcia Davis, Chair | | (508) 883-3238

Jeanne Reimonn, Inbound Chair | | (508) 435-4359

Robin Hopes, Outbound Chair | | (978) 400-6030

Kevin Sullivan, Short-Term Chair | | (617) 529-1676