Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process. The Sycamore Rotary Club has a proud tradition of hosting and sending students each year on a regular basis.

Rotary Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs. Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who: have demonstrated leadership in their school and community, are flexible and willing to try new things, are open to cultural differences and can serve as an ambassador for their own country, city and school.

Contact the Sycamore Rotary Club to learn about both the long term (full year) and short term (8 week) programs offered, and specific application process required. Because the selection and orientation process can be lengthy, those students interested need to apply before October ear year 6­–12 months before you plan to leave.

Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities for 3 or 4 months during the students visit. Right now the Sycamore Club is looking for interested families in the Sycamore area who may be interested in hosting a student this coming school year. Host families for the year need to express interest before May 14.

Interested in learning more about being a host family? Contact the Sycamore Rotary club President Jeff Keicher at 815-895-1945 or by e-mail at jeff.keicher.quhx@statefarm.com

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