District 1070 Youth Opportunities in Rotary Youth Exchange
Camps & Tours – Handicamps – Family to Family Exchange – Academic Year Exchange OR New Generations Service Exchange
In District 1070, through the Rotary Youth Exchange (known as RYE) Programme, we offer young people, between 15-25 years of age, a range of opportunities for life experiences in about 200 other countries across the world. We also offer 19-28 year olds vocational experience and volunteering opportunities. To be take part you need to apply, be normally resident in our District, have your parents support, pass an interview at home with your parents present and, if accepted you will be sponsored by a Rotary Club close to your home.
Rotary will not meet your travel costs but may be able to offer guidance. You will need a travel insurance policy which Rotary does not sell but is happy to advise. You will take part in a free training (Orientation) day in our District on a Saturday in the spring term after half term but before the Easter Holiday Attendance is mandatory and is so across the world.
The Rotary Club who will be hosting you/sponsoring your exchange partner or organising your camp will know what they should be able to expect from any candidates visiting them. Please see each of the Opportunities detailed below: Camps, STEPs, NGSEs and LTEs…. We hope one will be for YOU!
YOUTH EXCHANGE or NGSE can give you the chance to find out,
please read on….
Rotary Youth Exchange Camps & Tours
– a One way exchange without the requirement to host in Your own home
Camps and tours offer adventure and the opportunity to make new friends in many countries. Gain self confidence, develop new skills and have fun. Camps candidates ages will differ from Camp to Camp – some ages go down to 14 and some as high as ‘twenty something’
Students must register their interest on line via with this Registration form – their enquiry will be forwarded to our District Youth Exchange Coordinator, who will then pass it to a local Rotary Club near to their home. They will normally contact you within a week or so of the registration to arrange an interview/meeting at home with your parents.
Students are required to be sponsored by a local Rotary Club – For Short Term and Camps & Tours this sponsorship involves a meeting with you and your family to ensure everythin is understood. Your sponsor Club will cover the cost of any meals with the club before, during (STEP only) and after the Exchange, plus provision of small items to take with you – e.g. banners, pin badges, a personalised Rotary Youth Exchange Polo shirt so anyone who sees you will know who you are and where you are from, etc. and the cost of their Orientation Event attendance which is mandatory for all RYE candidates.
PROCESS to follow:
Once you have been interviewed and are sponsored you will need to go online to a website address (url) to complete your application and on completion of that you will be added to the Mailing list for invitations of every Cam or Tour to which we are invited. Normally these invitations start arriving in early December at the same time as all the other Countries receive them and as numbers on Camps are limited and UK&I are normally only allowed one or two (m+f) places on any Camp competition to respond speedily is strong!
Invitations continue to arrive until April and a few will arrive in May or even June. Look on the www.youthribi.org website under Camps and you can get a detailed idea of all of the camps we were invited to last year, the dates they were held and you can download a pdf file of last years invitation. Dates, numbers and Age ranges will not often change greatly from one year to the next but Rotarians organising Camps may move or be unavailable so a date change occasionally happened. Ramadan, if it will cover the normal date for a camp may cause a change too.
When you have applied, if you are the first or second to do so your request will be forwarded with your papers to the Camp Organiser and either immediately, if their numbers are then full, or after the quoted ‘closing date’ they will contact you direct to confirm the Camp is on, any changes you need to know about and if you confirm to them you sill want to go, then they will advise you how to get there and how you will be met at the Airport, train station or ferry terminal. This is when your Polo Shirt starts to be very useful 😉
The San Diego Orchestral Music Camp
Requires that Candidates demonstrate their ability by submitting a Audition piece before they complete any paperwork. More details are available from the DYEO but our Facebook may also give you valuable links to recent past Music Campers. The video below may be of interest to Young Musicians.
There are two audition opportunities: in Late November or in March to submit the audition via the District Youth Exchange Officer or advisor. There is a risk that the ‘chairs’ for your instrument may be filled if you wait until March and thus submissions in November are advised. Rotary District 1070 has sent 1 or more young people to the San Diego Orchestral Music Camp each year since 2009. It is well respected and includes social, beach sports and visits to California’s well known Theme and wildlife parks.
– a One way exchange – a camp specifically organised for young people with handicaps, often in purpose built facilities, organised by Rotary Districts, Clubs and Rotaract (18-30) clubs.
Handicamps are essentially like any ordinary Camp offering friendship and fun for an international group of young people, usually including their carers.
There is normally no charge for participation.
Venues are often purpose built centres and the usual residents and some if not all of the support staff may be away at the time of the Camp.
Travel to the country is at the candidates family expense – the organisers usually collect candidates from the arrival airport without charge.
Some Handicamps occur every year, others in alternate years but there are at least one or two every year in: Norway, The Czech Republic, Turkey, Israel and a travelling form of handicamp (with a cost) in or out of the Netherlands.
District 1070 has a very happy relationship with one camp in Central Europe and hopes to find candidates to travel to it in Summer 2018.
Short Term Exchange (STEP) also known as Family to Family or Summer Holiday Exchange
– a Two way exchange with your chosen partner in your preferred country, hosting them in your own home and travelling back with them to be hosted in their home.Since 2009 Our District has matched well over 140 young people from D1070 with partners from: Canada (4 provinces), USA (16 states), The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, Brazil, Peru and Japan.
AGES –Students between the ages of 15 and 19 take part in STEP aka family-to-family exchanges. Each will partner with a student who they will take a major part in choosing, from a country of their own choice. Each will stay with the other… normally in their home, for 3 to 5 weeks in UK AND in for a similar time in their partners country. There is no firm rule as to who travels first but with younger candidates, unless their destination is closer, we advise that the visitor comes to UK first. Exam results may also be a consideration for Year 11 students.
APPLICATIONS – Same as for Camps: Students must register their interest on line via www.youthribi.org – their enquiry will be forwarded to our District Youth Exchange Coordinator, who will then pass it to a local Rotary Club near to their home. They will normally contact you within a week or so of the registration to arrange an interview/meeting at home with your parents.
CLUB SPONSORSHIP– Same as for Camps: Students are required to be sponsored by a local Rotary Club – For Short Term and Camps & Tours this sponsorship involves a meeting with you and your family to ensure everything is understood. Your sponsor Club will cover the cost of any meals with the club before, during (STEP only) and after the Exchange, plus provision of small items to take with you – e.g. banners, pin badges, a personalised Rotary Youth Exchange Polo shirt so anyone who sees you will know who you are and where you are from, etc. and the cost of their Orientation Event attendance which is mandatory for all RYE candidates.
PROCESS: Much like Campers, STEPs Candidates Register Interest on the website. A club local to their home is asked to interview them and their family. Once the ‘interview’ has been ‘passed’ and the local Rotary club has agreed to be the Sponsor, the student is provided with an Application Form to complete and return by a deadline just before Christmas (NB the deadline for Japan may be very much earlier but one page initially may be acceptable).
Once the forms are in Matching, in line with the students stated geographical and other preferences, is then effected by our District STEP Coordinator. S/he does this by contact with our Rotary Colleagues overseas. (We often forward lists of candidates with very brief ‘unpersonalised’ details in advance so their candidates can be compared and a similar list sent to us. If we see a potential matching candidate we can ask for and receive their forms and, if we still think they are ‘possible’ matches, we ask for our Rotary colleague overseas to agree that we can share them with our candidate – at the same time – if they think the two candidates look like a match – they will ask to be allowed to share our candidates forms with the possible match. If the two candidates like the look of one another – without making contact yet! – we ask our Rotary colleague whether their candidate likes the look of ours and if so we give both permission to contact one another by Skype or Facetime. If they and the potential partner see one another as ‘possible’ they are put in touch with one another to Skype to decide and say YES or NO. If they and their parents like one another and confirm they are happy this is a match, then the Overseas (also referred to as the ‘Inbound’ candidate’s forms are sent to the local Club who have to sign to confirm their willingness to welcome and protect the inbound candidate.
DBS Vetting and Clearance must be obtained by the local Rotary Club’s Protection Officer for anyone normally resident, or who will be resident, in the host family home during the visit. Only when all are cleared can the candidates be given authorisation to go ahead with bookings of travel and the Insurance that complies with Rotary International requirements.
As in all RYEs The costs of Travel and of the provision of Travel and Health Insurance cover at levels required by Rotary International are the responsibility of the individual candidate
Long Term Exchanges (LTE):
– a pair of two way exchanges, affording an academic school year in your preferred country while an Inbound LTE student may be taking over a place at your school and in your family.
District 1070 regrets to advise that is not currently promoting these Exchanges. This is partly due to Visa problems that make the normal reciprocal Academic Year Exchange very difficult.
However candidates for an LTE can apply and an experienced Rotarian will be happy to discuss the programme and the implications possibilities and costs with them and their family.
COSTS: Students’ family pay the cost of travel and the ‘required’ insurance. There are other costs for the inbound to be covered including a weekly allowance which our candidates family are asked to cover, since teir offspring will be receiving the same sum on the same basis during their exchange.
The New Generations Service Exchanges
This is an individual vocational reciprocal exchange organised by and between Rotary Districts with cooperation of local clubs. This programme replaced the NGE Exchange which District 1070 had very successfully organized since 2009 and our overseas colleagues continue to be ready to work with us.
NGSE is not a part of RYE but the D1070 Coordinator is a past DYEO and a retired University Lecturer and Placement Advisor with considerable experience of organising vocational experiential learning for young people all over the world.
CANDIDATES AGES – currently 18+ to 30 but D1070 prefers 19-28 year old candidates. NGSEs are ideal for a Gap between Years 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 of a Higher Education Course or between an Undergardauate and Post graduate course or for personal development for modern Apprentices.
DURATION: To be of real benefit an NGSE should be for 12 or 13 weeks. This should enable a candidate to raise their vocational awareness to Level 3 on the recognised scale on Experiential Learning which means that their NGSE will have been of vocational benefit to them and to the organisation they spend the time with.
VOCATIONS: There is no limit or restriction to the areas of vocational experienece that can be organised given time and if the candidate has at least a basic awareness of the subject before they travel, but since 2014 this District has been involved in organising NGSEs for candidates from D1070 and other adjoining Districts covering the following vocations:
TEACHING, NURSING, MOBILITY, JOURNALISM, POLITICS, ECONOMICS, RESEARCH, CRIMINOLOGY, FOREIGN LANGUAGE, MARINE BIOLOGY, PALAENTOLOGY, FASHION, ACCOUNTANCY, MARKETING, BAKERY, HAIRDRESSING, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, INTERIOR DESIGN, CLIENT SIDE MARKETING, BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, VETERINARY NURSING AND VETERINARY MEDICINE.
In every case the outbound will be placed with a Charitable body or in a public undertaking. The placements are unpaid but hosting will be organised at no cost to the candidate usually with the family of a current or recent NGSE who may themselves be out of the country. Social Network links will be organised by the Host Rotary Club ion behalf of the District managing the NGSE programme.
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