Karen Mothersill 
Country Coordinator, Northern Europe

karen@ryeflorida.org

On behalf of Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, I want to welcome you and encourage you to make your dream to spend a year abroad, come true!  The experience of learning a new culture, new language, trying new food and experiencing new traditions will help you grow as a person and broaden your horizons!  You can do this...apply today!

Northern Europe

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

2014 RYLA Students

Countries and Districts We Exchange With


Denmark/Faroe Islands/Greenland

   

Districts 1440, 1450, 1460, 1470, 1480

The Danish Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a national multi-district that manages exchanges for five districts, covering all of Denmark, plus the Faroe Islands and Greenland.  Their program is well-established and quite large for five districts. There is possibility that a student will be placed in Greenland or Faroe Islands.  Danish is the national language spoken.Students are required to travel to a US consulate to obtain their VISA prior to arrival, at the students own expense.  Students are covered by CISI insurance and must be between the ages of 15.5 and 18 upon arrival.   All students must attend a mandatory language camp shortly after their arrival in Denmark.  
An emergency fund of $300 is required in cash upon arrival.

Finland/Estonia

Districts 1380, 1390, 1400, 1410, 1420, 1430

Rotary Youth Exchange in Finland is operated by a national multi-district which includes all six Rotary districts in the country.  They also manage placements in Estonia, when opportunities to host are available.Finland requests younger students, between the ages of 16 and 17 1/2 upon arrival.  A week-long mandatory orientation camp is held in Karkku, including classes on culture and language.  Finnish is the language of the majority of the country, of course, but in some cases you will find Swedish language.  Students do not need to purchase additional insurance in Finland.An emergency fund of $300 is required.

Iceland - District 1360

  

Rotary Youth Exchange in Iceland is a new partner for us.  For many years the program there has been very small.  In fact, in 2009-2010 they had only two exchanges for the entire country.  Iceland is one district. Students do not need to purchase additional insurance in Iceland.  An emergency fund of $300 is required.

Lithuania - Districts 1462

Fluency in Lithuanian is not required, but students must have strong English language skills. Upon arrival, students receive a 5 day orientation/language course.Students enter on a temporary resident permit and all costs associated with preparing and processing such visa are at the student’s expense. Students are required to have a non-criminal background record (complete with Apostille), a letter from their parent’s bank stating at least 3,000 eur is in the account to cover added expenses and a notarized letter from parents approving travel to-from Lithuania AND within geographic Europe during the exchange period.Students are covered by CISI insurance and must be between the ages of 15 and 18 upon arrival.An emergency fund of €500 is required in cash upon arrival.

Netherlands

District 1550 – Multi Districts 1550 1560 1570 1580 1590 1600 1610

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 but we typically exchange with districts 1550 and 1610 only.  Dutch is the national language spoken and students are required to an orientation/language camp upon arrival.
To stay a year in the Netherlands, students will need a residence permit.  The Dutch Immigration Office will request the document for you at the student’s expense of approx. €635 which will be paid prior to departure.  Students are required to purchase insurance from the Netherlands which is paid by Rotary Youth Exchange.  The Netherlands requires students to be between the ages of 16 and 18 upon arrival. Students are required to pay a Program Fee of €100 prior to arrival and all students must attend a mandatory orientation/language camp upon arrival.  
An emergency fund of €100 is required in cash upon arrival. 

Norway -  Multi Districts 2250, 2260, 2270, 2280, 2290, 2300, 2310

 

Rotary Youth Exchange in Norway is operated by a national multi-district than manages exchanges for seven districts, covering all of Norway. Norwegian is the national language.Students apply for their resident permit online prior to arrival at no cost to the student (under 18 years of age). Students over 18 will pay approx. 3200NOK for their resident permit. Students are covered by CISI insurance and must be between the ages of 16 and 18 upon arrival. The Netherlands organizes several events for students such as an orientation/district conference in late September (no cost), a Winter Camp in February (at the student’s expense of approx. 5000NOK), and a World Cup Ski event in March (no cost).An emergency fund of 3000NOK is required in cash upon arrival.

Poland– District 2231

District 2230

Each year Poland hosts around 65 students from around the world.  Students are expected to start learning the Polish language upon acceptance and are required to attend a mandatory 9-day language camp upon arrival.  Students are required to travel to a US consulate to obtain their VISA prior to arrival, at the student’s own expense.  Poland will accept students between the ages of 15 and 17.  Poland requires Hepatitis B immunization prior to arrival.  Students are required to purchase insurance provided by Poland at a cost to Rotary Youth Exchange.   Smokers not accepted.
Poland organizes five country wide events during a student’s exchange: a language camp, an orientation camp, a Christmas event, a Holocaust memorial event and a final farewell event.  This camps and trips are paid for my Rotary of Poland.  Arrival in Poland is generally in the second half of August.
An emergency fund of $500 is required in cash upon arrival. 

Sweden - - Multi Districts 2320, 2330, 2340, 2350, 2360, 2370, 2380, 2390, 2400, 2410

The Swedish multi-district includes ten districts, covering all of Sweden.  Sweden prefers students between 16 and 18 years of age and upon request may accept younger students.  Students obtain all their resident permits upon arrival to Sweden, at the student’s expense.
Arrival in Sweden is at the beginning of August, followed by a mandatory week long language camp.  Students must be in good health with no serious psychological conditions.   Students are covered by CISI insurance.  
There is no emergency fund required.  

 

 

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