Rotary International, established in 1905, has been offering highly respected study abroad programs since 1958; called the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Today there are between 8,000 and 9,000 student exchanges arranged each year. These international study abroad programs provide students from more than 100 countries the opportunity of a lifetime. Opportunities to develop international friendships, broaden leadership skills, explore new worlds, learn new languages, and immerse themselves in different cultures.
Students reap many rewards from studying abroad. International exchange students serve as ambassadors for their country and community, bridging gaps and spreading understanding. The students themselves benefit from immersion in a different culture, through which they develop lifelong friends from around the world, and learn and growing as a person while having fun and partaking in new experiences. On their return home, each student returns with a greater sense of the world, often times assuming leadership roles shaped by lessons from the experience and the memories that will be with them forever.
Being away in a foreign country has a powerful broadening and an accelerating effect on your maturing process. You learn to think and converse fluently in another language. You develop more confidence in speaking before groups. You become more tolerant of other people, different cultures and different personalities. Your youth exchange experience will be priceless, something that you can’t replicate any other way.
Rotary International understands the concerns parents have when selecting a study abroad program. With decades of experience, and nearly 1.2 million members worldwide, Rotary International is with you every step of the way, to ensure the safety of your child and the success of their exchange.
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