Ronda Werner, RYE Chair / Inbound Students
Mary Paseta, RYE Outbound Students
The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people, regardless of nationality, desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students spend up to a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country.
Whether they participate in Rotary's long-term or short-term Youth Exchange programs, participants learn a new way of living, a great deal about themselves, and maybe even a new language. They'll also be an ambassador, teaching people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas. They can help bring the world closer - and make some good friends in the process.
More than 8,000 young people each year have experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. It's the opportunity of a lifetime.