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The Long-Term Program

It is the goal of the District 6150 Youth Exchange Program that no qualified student be denied the opportunity to participate for financial reasons. In the Long-Term Program students spend from August or September until June or July and attend high school in a foreign country. Long-Term applicants are required to submit the names of three families willing to host a foreign student while the applicant is away. Please let us know if you have difficulty meeting this requirement.

It is the goal of the District 6150 Youth Exchange Program that no qualified student be denied the opportunity to participate for financial reasons. In the Long-Term Program students spend from August or September until June or July and attend high school in a foreign country. Long-Term applicants are required to submit the names of three families willing to host a foreign student while the applicant is away. Please let us know if you have difficulty meeting this requirement.

What is the cost?

For the long term exchange in 2018-19 the cost to the student is expected to be about $5,000 between the district exchange fee and expense for passport & visa. An additional $500 is needed for an emergency fund, the unused portion of which is refunded to the student upon return. The rest of the cost, about $20,000, is subsidized by the volunteer contributions of Rotary and others. The funds needed to pay the district fee or for spending money might be raised from family members, part time jobs, fund raisers, a corporate gift and/or from the Rotary Youth Exchange Supplemental Scholarship Fund. We can supply other fund raising ideas. The student does not need car insurance while on the exchange and may qualify for college credit after his/her return. Students receive a monthly allowance from the host Rotary club. The student may wish to have additional funds for optional tours in the host country.

 

Rotary District 6150’s Supplemental Scholarship Fund can help students with a with the exchange fee. Interested students should not let financial limitations keep them from applying. Rotary District 6150 Youth Exchange has allocated up to a total of $5,000 in the next exchange year to help qualifying student applicants pay the exchange fee.

Applications

Forms referenced below can be found through the links under Forms below.

Applicants for the Long-Term Program must submit:

  • One copy (with original signatures) of a Long-Term Application form

  • A Host Families for Long-Term Inbounds form

  • A Country Preferences form

  • A district interview fee of $250 is due at the time of district interviews, the first weekend in December. Checks should be made payable to Rotary District 6150 Youth Exchange.

The district exchange fee of $4,500 may be paid in one lump sum or in monthly installments. All forms, except the Host Families for Long-Term Inbounds form, should be submitted by the deadline. The Host Families form may be submitted later, but a student will not be placed, if approved in the district interviews, until the form is received. Delay in submitting the form can mean that the student cannot be placed in one of his or her preferred countries.

Forms

Make one copy of all forms for your records. Give the original completed forms with original signatures to a Rotary club member. Rotary club members will interview student applicants and parents and submit their recommendation to Rotary District 6150. District 6150 will conduct additional interviews.

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Checks should be made payable to Rotary District 6150 Youth Exchange.

Important Dates

November 1, 2019
Long-Term Applications due

November 15, 2019

Club recommendation due to district

December 7, 2019

District Interviews 

Little Rock, AR

March 7, 2020
Outbound Orientation Little Rock

April 17-18, 2020

Rotary District 6150 Conference

Heber Springs, AR

Late June, 2020
Outbound camp for Long-Term 
John Brown Univ, Siloam Springs, AR

August-September, 2020
Long-Term students leave for year abroad

June-July, 2021
Long-Term students return