Rotary District 5130 in conjunction with Rotary International is accepting applications for Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) for the upcoming summer program.
Short Term Exchange Programs vary from District to District throughout the world. Currently District 5130 is offering the Family to Family summer short term exchange program model. It involves matching a student here with a student in another country. Typically you spend 3 to 4 weeks in each other’s home, experiencing their family, home, and culture.
Who is Eligible? Qualified youth age 15-19 can apply for STEP. We strive to match students to age and gender and similar interests whenever possible. Candidates should possess good interpersonal and communication skills, a willingness to try new things that will enable them to be excellent cultural ambassadors. All applicants must be sponsored by a local Rotary Club and complete and application and interview.
What are the Costs for a STEP? Costs will vary depending on which country you exchange with. There is a $50. application fee. Other expenses would be round-trip airfare, health and accident insurance, travel documents such as passports, and of course spending money. In general you can probably expect to invest between $1,500 – $2,000 for a STEP experience
Where and When will my exchange be? Our STEP is summer oriented during vacation from school. For that reason we exchange primarily with countries in the northern hemisphere that are also on summer vacation from school. You may be exchanging with a family in Japan, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, the Netherlands, or Italy. Plan on your exchange taking a total of 6 to 8 weeks to complete between the families.
What are my responsibilities? As a Rotary Youth Exchange student you agree to act as an ambassador for your own country and be open to new experiences and cultural differences. You will abide by all program rules of your host Rotary Club and District.
How do I apply? Contact your local Rotary Club for more details. The applications are linked below. Deadline to apply (pre-application) varies by club. Please contact your local Rotary Club to learn more about the deadlines and selection process. The full application is due to District 5130 by February 15, 2017. Please work with your local Rotary Club to complete this application. They will submit it to the district.
A mandatory STEP Orientation will be held April 8, 2017. The student and at least one parent must attend this orientation. Mark your calendars now. Locations to be announced.
After experiencing a short term summer exchange, you may want to apply for a long term exchange for a full school year!