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Are you interested in studying high school abroad? 
Students going on exchange for the 2019-20 school year will have access to our club applications mid-September, 2018. We'll select our Rotary District outbound team in November 2018.
Are you interested in hosting a foreign exchange student?
We are looking for host families (they don't have to be Rotarians) willing to host a foreign exchange student for 3-4 months out of the school year. Host families are responsible for making these students a part of their families and sharing our values and culture. Rotary provides training and resources.
For more information, keep reading, or visit our District Rotary Youth Exchange website.
What is Rotary Youth Exchange?
As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you will spend a year, or perhaps just an extended period of time, living with a host family in a country other than your own. You may learn a new language; you will learn a new way of living and a great deal about yourself. But there’s more. While you are busy learning, the people you meet will be learning as well — about your country, culture, and ideas. You will be an ambassador. You will be helping to bring the world closer together, and you’ll be making good friends in the process.
If you are ready for the challenge and the rewards of living in another land as an exchange student, then you are ready for the Rotary Youth Exchange.
How does it work?
Rotary Youth Exchange is a true one-to-one exchange. Rotary sends out an American student for every foreign student taken in exchange. The District 5400 Rotary youth exchange program is a long-term high school exchange program which lasts for an academic year. During your stay, you will attend high school and live with one or more host families — in some cases as many as three different families.
When to Apply
For long-term exchanges, selection takes place in the fall prior to the year you will make your exchange. If you wish to travel abroad during your junior year, for example, you will apply in September of your sophomore year. If you are wondering why it is necessary to apply so early, once you are selected, your sponsoring Rotary club and district will work to prepare you for your year away. You will be guided through a series of orientation sessions so you'll be ready for your new life in a new country.
The selection cycle begins in August and September each year. September 15 is usually the deadline to submit the preliminary application. Find your Rotary contact person and ask questions early.
How to Apply & Selection
If you are interested in becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange student, please contact your local Rotary club. Once you have contacted a club, you will then be directed to the Rotary Youth Exchange Officer chairperson in your area to get a preliminary application form.  Or you can go online and apply directly via this link:
Club Interviews
You will need to fill out a preliminary application provided at the end of this brochure.  Please submit it to your local Rotary club prior to September 15. Your local Rotary Club will evaluate your application and set up local interviews in late September.  If approved by the local club, you will need to fill out the long application as specified below. Candidates approved at the local level will be invited to a second interview at the district level.
District Interviews
Once approved at the local club level, the District Youth Exchange Committee will interview all recommended applicants and their parents in the first part of November in Buhl. The District Committee may, for reasons which it considers valid or on the basis of assessment of a student at the outbound orientation, disapprove that student’s application or suggest that student apply in a future year.  You will be contacted by one of the District 5400 outbound coordinators with details concerning the steps leading up to this event in Buhl.
Prior to the District interview you must fill out and submit the long-term exchange application, which can be found on the district website ( Part of this application includes a medical examination and dental examination, so it would be smart to schedule these as soon as possible in September.
District 5400 Youth Exchange Leadership Team
Committee Chair: John Lodal, Boise-Sunrise Club
Inbound Coordinator: Natalie Chavez, Eagle-Garden City Club
Inbound Coordinator: Todd Chavez, Eagle-Garden City Club
Outbound Coordinator: Mike Markley, Boise-Southwest Club
Outbound Coordinator: Beth Markley, Boise Club
Youth Exchange Administrator: Nancy Chinn, Boise Club