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Welcome to Rotary Youth Exchange - Florida!

What an exciting adventure awaits you, as a potential Rotary exchange student or host family, as you look to expand your horizons as they've never been expanded before.

We invite you to explore our site, learn more about the program, and, if it's right for you, take those first steps toward one of the most amazing, memorable, adventurous years of your life.

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RYE Florida - All Around the World

My Nguyen in Belgium

My Nguyen in Belgium

Sami in Sweden

Sami in Sweden

Corey - Japan 2014

Corey - Japan 2014

RYE D6970 Florida

RYE D6970 Florida

Erica - Finland

Erica - Finland

Inbound Students 2014-2015

Inbound Students 2014-2015

Blaine in Japan

Blaine in Japan

RYE on the Rhien river, Dusseldorf, Germany. Stuart Brown OB

RYE on the Rhien river, Dusseldorf, Germany. Stuart Brown OB

Thailand - OB Stephanie Bird

Thailand - OB Stephanie Bird

Outbound Exchange Student Timeline

YEAR 1

  • August - Visit your districts page to see when information meetings will be offered. Some district require you to pre-register for such meetings and to attend WITH your parents.
  • September - Attend an information meetings.
  • October - Work on your application - a 3-5 week process.
  • November 1st - deadline for completed application
  • November - Interviews
  • December - Find out if you are selected

YEAR 2

  • January - First outbound training weekend
  • January-July - Language studies on your own
  • June - Second outbound training weekend
  • July/August - Leave for your exchange

YEAR 3

  • June/July the following year - Return to Florida from your exchange year
  • July - Rebound weekend
  • Julianne, outbound to Turkey

    I realize my writings may not be the most well written or the most interesting, but the one goal I have tried to achieve is realism. I don’t try to embellish and use extreme word choice because just as I am in person, I like to get straight to the point. I want people to know what is happening and the effects of the events on me.   Read More...

  • Savannah, outbound to Belgium

    I totally forgot to update my journal this year and for that I'm very sorry >. This year, I've traveled to Spain (10 or so cities), France (3 cities/regions), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Italy (Rome and Sicily), Greece (Athens), and England (London and Cambridge). I've definitely caught the travel bug.   Read More...

  • My, outbound to Belgium

    "You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee from To Kill a Mockingbird. To gain international understanding, I signed a contract two years ago with Rotary International to become a Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador. Not only did I gained international understanding, but unforgettable memories, everlasting friendships, and personal growth from every angle.   Read More...

  • Lizzie, outbound to Lithuania

    Right now, I’m looking at my final five days in Lithuania… I’m embarrassed I haven’t written in so long, but the past few months have flown by - it’s as if I blinked and the seasons changed from winter to spring to summer. At the moment, going back to the United States doesn’t seem real… even though I’ll be back in less than a week, I feel as though I have months left in Vilnius. Remembering the past 10 months, I’ve learned, grown, and changed a great deal….   Read More...

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