Youth Exchange

District 1070 Youth Opportunities in Rotary Youth Exchange

Camps & Tours – Handicamps –  Family to Family Exchange – Academic Year Exchange OR New Generations Service Exchange 

A Single Summers Youth Exchangers from District 1070


In District 1070, through the Rotary Youth Exchange Programme  (known as RYE), we offer young people, between 15-25 years of age, a range of opportunities for life experiences in over 100 other countries across the world. We also offer NGSEs to 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 and you will need specific travel insurance cover – both of which Rotary is happy to advise on but does not sell.

You will join in the free Orientation Day (training) in our District on a Saturday in March, before the Easter Holiday. Attendance at this event is mandatory as it is across the world. Whether you are to do a STEP or if you plan to do a Camp…the Rotary Clubs who will be sponsoring you and hosting you and your exchange partner will know what they should be able to expect from the candidates visiting them. Please see each of the Opportunities detailed below: Camps, STEPs, LTEs…. and NGSEs We hope one will be for YOU!

ALL THESE EXCHANGES offer you the chance to find out,

please read on….

Camps & Tours

– a One way exchange without the requirement to host in Your own home

Photograph: Delegates at the San Diego Music Camp.

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 online at – your enquiry will be forwarded to our District Youth Exchange Officer (Camps), who will then pass it to a local Rotary Club near to your home. They will normally contact you within a week or so of registration to arrange an interview / meeting at home with your parents.


Students are required to be ‘sponsored’ by a local Rotary Club – who will normally contact you within a week or so to arrange a meeting with you and your family at your home to ensure everything is understood.

For Short Term and Camps & Tours this meeting – if all goes well -will result in your hearing you are accepted for sponsorship within a day or so.

Your sponsor Club will cover the cost of your Orientation Day and any meals with the club before, during (for STEPs) and after the Exchange, plus the costs of providing you with 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.


PROCESS  to follow:

Once you have been interviewed and are sponsored Campers will need to go online to another website you will be advised of, so that you can complete your application and on completion of that you will be added to the email list so that you will receive invitations for every Camp 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 and thus the need to respond speedily is strong!

Campers are required to have registered before the end of December 2019 but even that could be too late to gain sponsorship and the invitation to the very camp you were hoping for may have been received and mailed out a month earlier, so please register in September or October at the latest to give yourself the best chance. Invitations continue to arrive until April, May or even June.

If you look on the website under Camps, you can get a detailed idea of most of the camps we were invited to last year, the dates they were held, etc. and you can download a .PDF copy of last year’s invitation. Dates, numbers and age ranges will not greatly change from one year to the next but Rotarians organising Camps may move or be unavailable, so a date change occasionally happens. Ramadan, if it will cover the normal dates for a camp, may cause a change too.

One change that has occurred is that many of the camps which have been starting earlier in recent years – often during UK (and Holland, Denmark and Belgian school term time) have now changed their start dates to better suit UK students.

When you have speedily applied for the camp, 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’ you will be contacted… maybe direct, to confirm that the Camp is on, with any changes you need to know about and if you confirm to them you still want to go, then they will advise you how to get there and how you will be met at the Airport, station or ferry terminal. This is when your Polo Shirt will start to be very useful.

San Diego Orchestral Music Camp aka SDOMC

Candidates secure their places (in December … or March) by providing an audition piece on YouTube to our District SDOMC link who will forward it to the Director & Chair of the Camp. If they consider that the audition piece demonstrates their ability they will within a few days let them know they are accepted. Following that a STEP Application form will need to be completed and sent off by the District SDOMC Link.

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.

Photograph: Delegates at the San Diego Music Camp.

There are two audition opportunities: one in Late November/early December or in March, allowing interested candidates to submit the audition. There is a risk that the ‘seats’ 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. More details of the SDOMC are available from the District Youth Exchange Officer but our Facebook may also give you valuable links to recent past Music Campers.


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 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. Rotary covers the costs.

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 candidate 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 and Israel.

District 1070 has a very happy relationship with a camp in Central Europe and looks for candidates to travel to it each Summer.

Short Term Exchange (STEP) also known as Family to Family 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 District 1070 has matched well over 145 young people with partners from: Canada (4 provinces), USA (16+ states), The Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, Brazil, Peru and Japan.

AGES Candidates between the ages of 15 and 19 take part in STEPs. Each will partner with a student whom 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+ weeks in UK and for a similar time in their partner’s 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 dates may also be a consideration for Year 11 students.

APPLICATIONS – Similar to Camps: candidates must register interest online via in September or October– the enquiry will be forwarded to our District Youth Exchange Officer (STEPs), who will then pass it to a local Rotary Club near to your 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 – who will normally contact you within a week or so to arrange a meeting with you and your family at your home to ensure everything is understood.

For Short Term Exchange candidates this meeting – if all goes well – will result in your hearing you are accepted for sponsorship within a day or so.

CLUB SPONSORSHIP– As for Camps: Students are required to be sponsored by a local Rotary Club – This sponsorship involves a meeting with you and your family to ensure everything is understood.

As well as committing members time etc., the sponsor Rotary Club will cover the cost of your meals with the club before, during (with your partner) and after the Exchange when you report back how it has gone, plus the 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 – and the cost of your Orientation Event – attendance at which is mandatory for all RYE candidates.


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, with parental letters and photos of your home and family, pets… by a deadline before Christmas (NB deadlines for Japan will be very much earlier but one page initially may be acceptable).

Once the forms are in, signed and checked, Matching, in line with the student’s stated geographical and other preferences, is then effected by our STEP Chair. This is done by contact with our Rotary Colleagues overseas. We often forward lists of candidates in advance with brief ‘unpersonalised’ details so their candidates can be compared and a similar list sent to us. If we see a potential matching candidate we 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 candidate’s 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’, their parents are asked to contact one another to decide and tell us YES or NO.

If the candidates on both sides and their parents 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 have been obtained by the local Rotary Club’s Protection Officer for any adult 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/family

Long Term Exchanges (LTE):

Photograph: Delegates at the San Diego Music Camp.

– You have a school year in your preferred country while an Inbound LTE student may be at your school and staying with 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 contact them and will be happy to discuss the programme and the implications, possibilities and costs with them and their family.

COSTS: LTE Outbound Student’s family pay the cost of their travel and the ‘required’ travel and health insurance.  There are other costs for the inbound LTE to be covered including a weekly allowance which our candidate’s family are asked to cover, since their offspring will be receiving the same sum on the same basis from their host Family during the exchange.

D1070 has effected 10 or more LTEs inbound and outbound since 2000.  All were a great success but the commitments and costs must be understood and fall to the parents on each side.

The New Generations Service Exchanges

This is an individual vocational reciprocal exchange organised by and between Rotary Districts with the cooperation of local clubs which started in 2014.

The programme replaced the Rotary Youth Exchange NGE Exchange which District 1070 had very successfully organized between 2009 and 2014 and our overseas and European colleagues continue to be ready to work with us.

CANDIDATES’ AGES – 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 Undergarduate and Post graduate courses 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 experience 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:


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. Social Network links will be organised by the Host Rotary Club ion behalf of the District managing the NGSE programme.


D1070 has been invited to consider welcoming an exchange student from a country that is currently not Certified by RI as safe for two way exchanges.

The visit would be based upon a Short Term Exchange. Recent/past exchange  families will be asked to consider hosting and D1070 Clubs who may not have previously been involved in Youth Exchange, may be invited to take part via their International Officer.



Information for Rotary Clubs

To see information pages on Youth Exchange opportunities Club information
please click on this link:  Rotary Club Pages 
All those seen here in the Video presentation are Youth Exchange candidates from Rotary District 1070.

Photograph: Delegates at the San Diego Music Camp.