Program Objectives

The Objectives of the Youth Exchange program are:

  •  To enable students to advance their education by studying for a year in an environment entirely different from their own and undertaking the study of courses and subjects not normally available to them in their own country.
  •  To give students opportunities to broaden their outlook by learning to live with and meet people of different cultures, creeds, and colors and by having to cope with day-to-day problems in an environment completely different from the one they have experienced at home.
  •  To have students act as ambassadors for their own country by addressing Rotary Clubs, community organizations and youth groups in their host country; by imparting as much knowledge as they can of their own country and its culture to the people they meet during their year abroad.
  •  To provide sufficient time to study and observe another country's culture so that upon returning home students can pass on the knowledge they have gained by addressing Rotary clubs and other organizations and assimilate the positive aspects into their everyday living.

Rotarians worldwide embrace and agree to live by the Rotary 4-way test:

  •  Is it the truth
  •  Is it fair to all concerned
  •  Will it build goodwill and better friendships
  •  Will it be beneficial to all concerned