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Karen Mothersill - Northern Europe Country Coordinator 

My name is Karen Mothersill and I am the Country Coordinator for all the Northern Europe countries as well as Czechia and Slovakia.  I've been with Rotary Youth Exchange since 2014 when my son went on a Rotary exchange to Spain.  Since then, my older daughter did an exchange in Norway and my youngest did a summer exchange to France.  I served as a volunteer, then Inbound Coordinator for my local district and then was asked to join the multi-district in 2016 as Country Coordinator.  I am also a member of the E-Club of Southeast Florida and Caribbean in district 6950.                                                                                                                                                         

 APPLY TO BE AN EXCHANGE STUDENT TODAY ………………………………….

Are you interested in a life changing experience?   Do you want to travel the world?  Do you want to be fluent in another language?   How about having friends all over the world?  If so, you may be a candidate for youth exchange.  Apply today to receive a Rotary Youth Exchange scholarship and makes your dreams come true.  I look forward to working to help you achieve your goals.     Ms. Karen 

Northern Europe Countries 

Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden

Photos from our weekend training sessions at Lake Yale 

FROM PREVIOUS OUTBOUND ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Then there’s Phillip, my history teacher (Yes in Norway they call the teachers by their first name). This guy is German, speaks fluent English and Norwegian, and hasn’t said a word to me in English at all besides one time during an oral test. I know that he’s really just trying to help me with the language but some of my friends can’t even understand his way of speaking Norwegian. Luckily the class is basically a toned down version of World History at PVHS, so I haven’t really failed any test yet.   Zach Greenwald - Norway 

Last month when I arrived, I flew in on a Sunday and then began school on Tuesday. Being thrown right into a schedule was nice, and I am lucky that my classmates are so friendly. The first day of school I was terrified that no one would talk to me, but right away the girls in my class welcomed me and so I felt like I wasn’t as much of an outsider, which was so amazing. Even though it can be tough sometimes not to speak the language that everyone around you speaks, if you make an active effort to learn more and make friends, I have noticed that people will realize your efforts and be more patient and understanding with you.   Jordan Milligan - Denmark 

Man It is AMAZING, words can’t even describe how mind blown I am about It. Yesterday was -24 degrees Celsius with about 6 cm of snow on the ground. Seeing everything covered in snow is so pretty. Yet kinda annoying. Do you guys know the they do not plow there snow here. Julia Cerrata - Finland

I HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS!! It was so cool to experience another cultures Christmas as in Finland everything happens on the 24th, and the ~real~ Santa comes to give you your gifts. I really bonded with my host family during this break, went skiing on Christmas Day. I tried avanto which is where you go to sauna (get slapped with some birch branch), then run to the frozen lake where they cut out a hole of ice to swim in. in one word- COLD.  Lizzie Landauer - Finland

In Kiruna I was able to go dog sledding, see the Ice Hotel and northern lights, learn about the Sámi culture (indigenous people of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Russia), and pet/feed reindeer! Although my feet and fingers were freezing most of the time, it truly was an incredible trip.  Caroline Bennet - Sweden 

On Fridays, instead of attending my school, I go to my host sister’s primary school in our village. I usually stay for four to five lessons. I help with English classes for kids ages six to ten, as well as attend a Slovak Language class. I attend this class solely to help with my progression in learning the local language. Because it’s a class meant for children, the grammar and pronunciation is broken down to a much easier level for me to understand. It really is a hilarious sight. It looks like something from the movies where the big kid was never able to pass the fourth grade and just kept getting held back.    Hannah Gundelfinger - Slovakia 

The beauty of exchange is that although it is just one year of your life, it stays with you forever. I will always remember all of the laughs I have had with my friends and family. Julia Mannella - Denmark 

The nature is breathtaking and my host family has a house in the Betliar village where my host mom will take me to paint and sew. I really don't feel like the adjustment was hard to make. With my experience so far I feel like I could live here forever. Mallori Page - Slovakia

"My favorite room was probably the one that had a Volkswagen van in it. In the ICEHOTEL is also a chapel where people can get married. Thank you Rotary for everything you have contributed, taught me, and given me this past year. This is not the end of my time working with Rotary! I’m so excited to become a Rotex and potentially a Rotarian in the future."  Erilyn Read - Sweden

In Lapland (In the Arctic Circle) we participated in some really unique activities. We skied, visited Huskies and Reindeer and also went on sled rides pulled separates by Huskies and then Reindeer, cooked sausage on a camp fire, and walked across a bridge that was half way between Finland and Sweden. Sydney Gamble - Finland

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Czechia 

The Czechia Rotary Youth Exchange Program has a single district 2240 and works with neighboring country Slovakia. AGE REQUIREMENTS: Students must be between the ages of 15 and 18.0 upon arrival.  RESTRICTIONS: Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided.  VISA COSTS: TBT. A consent of parents both in your native language and Czech language notarized by a Notary Public. National Police Certificate and Czech translation supported by Apostille. Visa issued in the US prior to departure at student's expense. EMERGENCY MONEY: 350 USD paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Czech upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. mid-August. NOTES: A limited number of graduated students accepted with prior approval. 

Denmark/Faroe Islands/Greenland

   

The Danish Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a national multi-district that covers all of Denmark, plus the Faroe Islands and Greenland. AGE REQUIREMENTS: Students must be between the ages of 15.5 - 17.5 upon arrival. RESTRICTIONS: Students with past history of mental health or currently taking medication for mental health will not be accepted. Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided.  VISA COSTS: Requires a trip with parents to the Danish embassy in Washington,D.C.for visa application. All costs associated with visa and travel to obtain visa is at student's expense. EMERGENCY MONEY: 300 Euro paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Dutch upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. the first of August. NOTES: Denmark is a multi-district so a student may be hosted by the Faroe Islands or Greenland. 

Finland/Estonia

Rotary Youth Exchange in Finland is operated by a national multi-district which includes all of Finland and Estonia. AGE REQUIREMENTS: Students must be between the ages of 16 - 17.5 upon arrival.  RESTRICTIONS: No smokers allowed. Vegetarians may be considered. Students with past history of mental health or currently taking medication for mental health will not be accepted. Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided.  VISA COSTS: requires a trip with both parents to Finnish Embassy in NY for visa application. All costs associated with visa and travel to obtain visa is at student's expense. EMERGENCY MONEY: 300 euro paid in cash upon arrival. Students taking any medications for mental health issues will not be accepted. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Finnish upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. first week of August. NOTES: Finland is a multi-district so a student may be hosted in Estonia.

  Lithuania 

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Students must be between the ages of 15 - 18.0 upon arrival. RESTRICTIONS: Students must be fluent in English. Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided.  VISA COSTS: Students enter on a 90 day visa free permit and apply for student visa after arrival. All costs associated with obtaining and processing the visa are at the student's expense. EMERGENCY MONEY: 500 Euro paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Lithuanian upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Appprox. the end of August. NOTES: students must provide bank letter on official letterhead stating a minimum of 3000 Euro is in bank at time of departure. An official police background check must be submitted along with an official Apostille, at student's cost. Students over 18 may incur additional fees for visas. 

Netherlands

Rotary Youth Exchange in the Netherlands offers an excellent exchange for students. They are operated by a national multi-district than manages exchanges for seven districts. AGE REQUIREMENTS:  Students must be between the ages of 16 - 18.0 upon arrival. RESTRICTIONS:  Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided. VISA COSTS: Upon arrival students pay the residence permit of approx. 225 Euro. EMERGENCY MONEY: 100 Euro paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Dutch upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required.  DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. the end of August. NOTES: Students must pay program fee of approx 100 Euro which is due prior to departure.

Norway 

 

Rotary Youth Exchange in Norway is operated by a national multi-district than manages exchanges for seven districts, covering all of Norway. AGE REQUIREMENTS: Students must be between the ages of 16 - 18 upon arrival.  RESTRICTIONS: No graduated students accepted. Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided. VISA COSTS: Students obtain their visa upon arrival to Norway at no cost to the student. EMERGENCY MONEY: 3000 NOK paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Norwegian upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. mid-August.

Poland

Rotary Youth Exchange in Poland operates as a single district.  AGE REQUIREMENTS:  Students must be between the ages of 15.5 - 17 upon arrival. RESTRICTIONS: Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided. VISA COSTS: requires a trip with both parents to Polish embassy in Washington, D.C. for visa application. All costs associated with visa and travel to obtain visa is at student's expense. EMERGENCY MONEY: 500 USD paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Polish upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. mid August.

Slovakia 

The Slovakia Rotary Youth Exchange Program has a single district 2240 and works with neighboring country Czechia.  AGE REQUIREMENTS:  Students must be between the ages of 15 - 18.0 upon arrival.  RESTRICTIONS: Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided. VISA COSTS: Visa issued after arrival at cost of approx.10 Euro. A medical check is required for visa which costs approx.100 Euro. EMERGENCY MONEY: 600 Euro paid in cash upon arrival. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Slovak upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. mid-August. NOTES: Prefer older students but not graduated.

Sweden 

The Swedish multi-district includes ten districts, covering all of Sweden. AGE REQUIREMENTS:  students must be between the ages of 15.6 - 18.0 upon arrival.  RESTRICTIONS: Students with history of serious psychological conditions such as depression, anorexia or bulimia will not be accepted. Students currently taking medications for mental health issues will not be accepted. Graduated students will not be accepted. Application must be signed by both parents or legal guardianship document must be provided.  VISA COSTS: Students apply for their visa upon arrival to Sweden at the student's expense. EMERGENCY MONEY: No emergency money is required. LANGUAGE: It is expected that you will have a basic understanding of Swedish upon arrival. Language courses, at your expense, may be required. DEPARTURE DATE: Approx. the last week in July. NOTES: In some districts, students may need to take TB immunization shot upon arrival.

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