Youth Exchange

District 1070 Youth Opportunities in Rotary Youth Exchange 2021

Camps & Tours – Handicamps –  Family to Family Exchange – New Generations Service Exchange 

A Single Summers Youth Exchangers from District 1070

Due to the uncertainties surrounding current and future travel as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, applications for participating in Rotary Youth exchange in 2021 are closed.But if interested in future programmes please contact your local Rotary club or email:

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.

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

In District 1070 we hold a free Orientation Day (training)  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 Short -term exchange 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, Short -term exchanges, Long Term Exchanges and New Generation Service Exchanges.    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 & Tours **: where a young person, aged 13-24, depending on the age range limits of the Camp they choose, joins others from other countries in another country, learning more about a n existing interest or increasing their awareness of another interest, while fostering a better understanding of people from other lands and cultures. Camps take place mainly between June-September.

For personal info on CAMPS email

** Camps & Tours do not involve home hosting.


CAMPS… In 2019 more than 80 camps were available to our candidates  in more than 28 Countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
To watch a Youtube video of the Rotary Denmark Jensine Camp 2019 click HERE


Students must register their interest on line at:    Your inquiry will be forwarded to the District Youth Exchange officer 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/guardians.

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 2020 for camps in 2021 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  date changes do occasionally happen.

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

Short term exchange* (STEP): These Family to Family Summer Holiday time reciprocal experiences give young people, aged 15-19, the opportunity to share a in another country that they choose with a student of their own age who shares some of  their own interests.

These exchanges typically involve 3 weeks together in each others homes in turn – during the summer holiday.

For personal info on STEP email :

* Exchange In the case of Short Term Exchanges, requires that our young person’s family will host the incoming student before or after a similar stay hosted in their home.

 STEPS… In Summer 2019 our candidates exchanged with partners found by Rotary but ultimately chosen by them in British Columbia Canada, Alaska, San Juan Island and Seattle in Washington State, Bavaria, The Czech Republic and Osaka Japan.

APPLICATIONS – Similar to Camps: candidates must register interest online.- applications for 2021 now closed

To Register go to

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, Facetime pr Zoom. 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.

COSTS – Travel & Insurance costs fall to the family. Some camps charge a fee for safety, travel and hosting other than home hosting but many are free. Few Camps involve Canvas!  There may be an Admin fee of £25 charged to Campers by Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland. DBS vetting will be required for parents hosting STEP candidates – Rotary will organise and cover the cost. If you already have a relevant DBS Certificate please let us know at Interview.

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.

 We hope to be speaking about the exchange programmes to Years 10 & 12 and their parents at Local schools in September. Invitations are most welcome.

For further information: on Camps please contact Rtn Mark Deutsch or, on STEPs contact Rtn Maureen Gariff …both via :

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.

New Generations Service Exchange is a short-term, customizable program for university students and young professionals up to age 30. Participants can design exchanges that combine their professional goals with a humanitarian project.

What are the benefits?

  • Make connections with service-minded community leaders in another country
  • Learn another language
  • Build your professional skills and gain international experience
  • Travel and explore a new culture while giving back through service

What is an exchange like?    With your host Rotary district, you’ll plan activities that can include networking, relationship building, humanitarian service, professional development, and leadership training. Exchanges last from a few weeks to six months, can be arranged for individuals or groups and need not be reciprocal

How much does it cost?

Costs vary by Rotary club. To reduce expenses, Rotary members often provide homestay options, arrange no-cost internship or job-shadowing programs, and offer other financial assistance. Contact your local Rotary club to find out what it costs to participate in a New Generations Service Exchange.

How do I apply?

University students and professionals up to age 30 — including current and former Rotaractors and former Interactors, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards participants, and Youth Exchange students — are encouraged to apply. You don’t have to be a member of Rotary to participate in an exchange. Although each Rotary club determines its own eligibility criteria, all participants should demonstrate a strong commitment to service and the ideals of Rotary. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves. Register your interest online at  and we will get back to you fast. Submit applications by 28th Feb 2021 to  

Karl Flowers (RC Northampton Beckett)


All those seen here in the Video presentation are Youth Exchange candidates from Rotary District 1070.

Photograph: Delegates at the San Diego Music Camp.