Central/Eastern Europe

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Turkey

Countries and Districts With Which We Exchange



AUSTRIA

Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces, and has counted Mozart, Strauss and Sigmund Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Lake Traun and eastern hillside vineyards.

 

Capital: Vienna
Dialing code: +43
Currency: Euro
Official language: German
LONELY PLANET:  AUSTRIA

ROTARY DISTRICTS:  1910, 1920
AGE:  16 to 19; younger may be considered, no older
Two week language camp after arrival
Visa obtained after arrival
No emergency fund required


  



 BOSNIA AND
HERZEGOVINA

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe, encompasses mountainous terrain, medieval villages and Muslim and Christian landmarks. Its countryside is marked by deep gorges, turquoise rivers and lakes, and the Dinaric Alps’ forests and crags. It's a popular destination for outdoor sports such as hiking, mountain biking, white-water rafting and skiing.

Capital: Sarajevo
Dialing code: +387
Currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark
Neighboring countries: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro
LONELY PLANET:  BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

ROTARY DISTRICT: 1910
AGE: Between 16 and 18.5; younger students not considered
Orientation upon arrival
Visa obtained after arrival
Emergency fund:  300 Euro


  


 CROATIA 

 Croatia is an Eastern European country with long coastlines on the Adriatic Sea, encompassing more than a thousand islands, crossed by the Dinaric Alps and dotted with castles. Its inland capital, Zagreb, is distinguished by its medieval Gornji Grad (Upper Town) and diverse museums. The major coastal city Dubrovnik has massive 16th-century walls encircling an Old Town with Gothic and Renaissance buildings.

Capital: Zagreb
Currency: Croatian kuna
Official language: Croatian
LONELY PLANET:  CROATIA

ROTARY DISTRICT: 1913
AGE: Between 15.5 and 17.5; no students aged 18 or older accepted
Visa obtained after arrival
Croatian language course $400 (paid by RYE Florida)
Emergency fund not determined


  


 CZECH REPUBLIC
also known as
CZECHIA
 

The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history – from the Celtic and Germanic tribes of its founding to the Protestant Reformation and Communism. Prague, the capital, is home to a 9th-century castle, preserved medieval Old Town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Český Krumlov is a living gallery of Renaissance-era buildings housing restaurants and shops.

Capital: Prague
Dialing code: +420
Currency: Czech koruna
Neighboring countries: Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Poland
LONELY PLANET: CZECH REPUBLIC

ROTARY DISTRICT: 2240
Age:  Between 15.5 and 19, prefer students who have not graduated from secondary school
Visa obtained after arrival
Basic Czech language knowledge required upon arrival
Emergency fund:  300 Euro
Czech insurance is required


  



 GERMANY

Germany is a Western European country with a terrain of vast forests, rivers and mountain ranges, and 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to thriving art and nightlife scenes, iconic Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and cavernous beer halls, including 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.

Capital: Berlin
Dialing code: +49
Currency: Euro
LONELY PLANET:  GERMANY

ROTARY DISTRICTS: 1810, 1820, 1830, 1841, 1842, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1940, 1950
AGE: Between 16 and 17.5
Prefer elementary German language ability before departure; some districts have language camps
Departure date dependent on school schedule for hosting district
Visa obtained after arrival
Emergency fund:  300 Euro
German insurance is required


  

 

 HUNGARY 

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Its capital, Budapest, is bisected by the Danube River and famed for its dramatic cityscape studded with architectural landmarks from Buda’s medieval Castle Hill and the grand neoclassical buildings along Pest’s Andrássy Avenue to the 19th-century Chain Bridge. The country has a long, rich history, and its culture reflects Roman, Turkish, Slavic and Magyar influences.

Capital: Budapest
Dialing code: +361
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Official language: Hungarian
LONELY PLANET: HUNGARY

ROTARY DISTRICT:  1911
AGE:  Between 16 and 18
Visa obtained after arrival
Orientation camp upon arrival
Emergency fund:  300 Euro
Visa fee:  20,000 HUF


  



 SLOVAKIA 

Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. Near the Austrian border, capital city Bratislava features a pedestrian-only Old Town with a lively cafe scene. Rising on a hill above the Danube River, Bratislava Castle houses a branch of the Slovak National Museum, with displays from Roman artifacts to 20th-century arts and crafts.

Capital: Bratislava
Dialing code: +421
Population: 5.414 million (2013) World Bank
Neighboring countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Ukraine
LONELY PLANET: SLOVAKIA

ROTARY DISTRICT:  2240
AGE: Between 15 and 19; prefer students who have not graduated from secondary school
Visa obtained after arrival
Basic Slovak language knowledge required upon arrival
Emergency fund:  300 Euro

 



 



 TURKEY 

 Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.

Capital: Ankara
Dialing Code: +90
Currency: Turkish lira
Official language: Turkish

ROTARY DISTRICTS:  2430 (Ankara); 2440 (Izmir)

DISTRICT 2430
Age:  between 15 and 18.5
Emergency fund:  $500
Visa is obtained prior to departure

DISTRICT 2440
Age: between 15.5 and 18
Visa is obtained prior to departure
LONELY PLANET:  TURKEY