Rotary Youth Exchange


Applications are available for study abroad scholarships for approximately eight high school students, 15 1/2-18 1/2 years of age, who are interested in studying for a full year in a foreign country during the 2015-16 school year.

Currently we have students from the area studying in France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Finland and Denmark. Sons and daughters of Rotarian ARE eligible for this. Students wishing to study abroad during 2015-16 must apply by November 1, 2014.

Applicants are then screened for study in one of 42 foreign countries. If selected, the students will travel abroad in July or August 2015. The exchange can be done during high school or after graduation but before college. There are no language requirements for most countries and credits earned abroad can usually be transferred to New Jersey high schools.

Successful applicants will spend a year living with a family abroad and studying in the local high school. Applicants should be well adjusted, enjoy family relationships, possess an inquiring mind and be interested in their own environment, the world and its problems.

Expenses, when compared with other exchange or travel programs, are modest. Parents are responsible for providing roundtrip airfare, insurance and extra spending money. The host Rotary Club will provide housing, board, schooling, monthly spending money and parental supervision.

Young people seeking a greater understanding of a foreign culture and language should apply by contacting their local Rotary Club or Kate Zschech, who is the Rotary District 7640 Student Exchange Chairperson at, or Jack Kammer at, who is the outbound coordinator.

You can also email us at More information may also be obtained from the website: Rotary Youth Exchange is dedicated to promoting goodwill, peace and understanding throughout the world and encourages young people to be a good ambassador for the USA and to prepare themselves for the future by living and studying abroad. This is truly the experience of a lifetime!

Kate Zschech
District 7640 Youth Exchange Chair