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Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange

Due to Covid 19, the Rotary International Youth Exchange program is temporarily suspended. We hope to resume the program in 2021.


Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club has been actively involved in Youth Exchange for almost 3 decades.  Each year, the club agrees to host a student (between the ages of 15 and 19) for a year.  The inbound student is hosted by 3 or 4 families and they attend Georgian Bay Community School in Meaford.


For 2016-2017, Hannes Stange  from Bad ToelzBavaria, Germany was our Rotary Exchange Student. 








Youth Exchanges

Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.

What Is A Rotary Youth Exchange?

Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend one school year leaving as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.

Is An Exchange Right For Me?

Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:

  • Have demonstrated leadership in their school and community
  • Are flexible and willing to try new things
  • Are open to cultural differences
  • Can serve as an ambassador for their own country

How Much Does It Cost?

Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly allowance. Participants are generally responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money, additional travel, and tour fees

How Can A Student Apply?

Contact Youth Exchange Chair, Colin Clarke at youth@tcrotary.ca to learn more about the types of programs offered, and specific application process required. Because the selection and orientation process can be lengthy, we suggest you apply before September so that the process is complete for you to leave the following August.



Can A Family Host An Exchange Student?

Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.



Interested in learning even more about being a host family, contact Youth Exchange Chair at youth@tcrotary.ca