Rotary Youth Exchange high school study abroad program allows high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to learn a new language, discover another culture, and become global citizens, while unlocking their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with students from around the world
  • Learn a new way to communicate
  • Appreciate the world of differences that make each of us unique

A History of Excellence

District 6220’s RYE program has been training, sending and receiving high school exchange students since 1974, when 16-year old Patricia Thomas of Mexico was hosted by the Kaukauna, Wisconsin Rotary Club. Since that time, our Rotary Clubs have hosted nearly 900 students, and a like number of our USA students have gone abroad.

District 6220 is fully certified by Rotary International, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), and has been recognized and honored with a Gold Award standard from the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN). Our dedicated staff of volunteers at the District and Club levels work tirelessly for the safety and well-being of our Inbound and Outbound students, truly living up to the motto of Rotary International: “Service Above Self”.

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