The Stillwater-area Rotary clubs send students to foreign countries for the life-changing experience of spending a year attending high school and living with families in another culture. Rotary sponsors the most U.S. students going abroad of all exchange programs and is the most affordable due to tremendous support of Rotarians worldwide. They also host students coming to our community — most recently from Spain and Ecuador.
An informational meeting is planned for students and parents to learn more about these wonderful opportunities to either study and live abroad or to host an inbound exchange student in your home. The meeting 7-8 p.m. April 24 in the Main Forum Room of Stillwater Area High School. Area Rotary Club representatives and current and former exchange students and host families will be present to answer questions.
Families wishing to host a student must live in the Stillwater School District or close to its border. Students wanting to go abroad can live in the Stillwater or neighboring school districts.
Candidates for Rotary Youth Exchange must be between the ages of 15 and 19 at the time of departure, and be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at the time of application. Students must demonstrate scholastic competence, and be involved in extra-curricular activities.
Applications for studying and living abroad are due October 2013 for students leaving for their exchange year in July or August of 2014.
Contact Lake Elmo Rotary Club Youth Exchange Officer Julie Bunn at 651-748-1448, Stillwater Sunrise Youth Exchange Officer Shari Clifford at 651-651-351-7996 or Stillwater Noon Club Youth Exchange Officer Lori Johnson at 651-770-4411. Learn more at www.northstaryouthexchange.com.