The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay’s youth exchange program has one parent incredibly impressed with the entire process. Wendy Carter of Sturgeon Bay has a 17-year-old daughter, Graycia, currently living in Finland for her junior year in high school. Carter says Graycia has made her mother proud by demonstrating more independence and fending for herself since leaving last August. Letting the frequency of their communications entirely up to her daughter, Carter says the Rotary Youth Exchange program is rewarding for parents as well.
Carter says the process to participate in the program began nearly two years ago.
Graycia, who will be in Finland until July, chose a European country rather than a traditional South American country for her year abroad for a more unique experience, according to Carter. You can find more information about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program below
Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.
Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.
What are the benefits?
Exchange students unlock their true potential to:
– Develop lifelong leadership skills
– Learn a new language and culture
– Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world -Become a global citizen
How long do exchanges last?
Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.
Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.
What are the costs?
Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:
– Round-trip airfare
– Travel insurance
– Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
– Spending money and any additional travel or tours
How can I apply?
Candidates are 15-19 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact us to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.
(Submitted photo of Graycia Carter sailing the Baltic Sea)