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, with approximately 200 long-term exchanges.

All students must attend a mandatory language camp shortly after their arrival in Denmark, which is set right around August 1st.  Students must purchase a VISA upon arrival in Denmark, and RYE Denmark assists in this regard, but at the students own expense.  Students coming to Florida are covered by their national insurance, and therefore do not have to purchase our standard policy.  Outbounds are covered by the US insurance.

An emergency fund of $300 is required. 

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 1460, 1462

Lithuania is a part of District 1460, which is a part of Denmark.  RYE Florida originally established an exchange with Lithuania as a replacement for Russia, but we're proud to say we now exchange with Russia as well.  Lithuania is willing to accept students from 15 1/2 to 18 1/2 years of age upon arrival and there will be a mandatory language camp.  Students do not need to purchase additional insurance in Lithuania.  

An emergency fund of $300 is required.

Netherlands

District 1550

The Netherlands, or Dutch, program we exchange with is a multi-district program consisting of some or all of the seven districts in the Netherlands.  However to date we exchange primarily with one district, 1550.  There is a mandatory language camp held in Meppel shortly after arrival in mid-August, and The Netherlands requires students hosted there to purchase Dutch insurance in advance.  Dutch students coming to Florida purchase our standard insurance.  Students do need to purchase additional insurance in Denmark, and there is a Program Fee students must pay.  Also, students are required to purchase a VISA upon arrival in the Netherlands, but IF under 18 years of age, they are only required to purchase a Resident permit.  

An emergency fund of $300 is required.

Norway

 

Districts 2250, 2260, 2270, 2280, 2290, 2300, 2310

The Norwegian Youth Exchange multi-district includes seven districts.  The number of students sponsored and hosted by Norway is relatively small.  Norway prefers younger students, no more than 17 1/2 years of age upon arrival in the first half of August.  We accept their national insurance for inbound students and they accept our outbound students with standard US insurance.  There is a mandatory language camp to attend and students are required to pay this fee/the Norwegian Host Club will split the cost of this camp with the exchange student. Outbound students may purchase their VISA in Norway. 

An emergency fund of $400 is required.

Poland

District 2230

Poland is part of Rotary District 2230, which also includes Belarus and the Ukraine.  However, of those three countries, only Poland is certified by Rotary International for Rotary Youth Exchange.  Poland will accept students between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18 1/2.  Both inbounds and outbounds are covered by our standard US-based insurance.  Arrival in Poland is generally in the second half of August.

An emergency fund of $300 is required.

Sweden

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

The Swedish multi-district includes ten districts, covering all of Sweden plus Latvia, which we do not exchange with.  Sweden prefers students between 16 1/2 and 18 1/2 and upon request may accept younger students.  Arrival in Sweden is right around August 1st, followed by a mandatory language camp.  Swedish students coming to Florida are covered by Swedish national insurance, and therefore do not have to purchase our standard policy.  Outbounds going to Sweden are covered by the standard US insurance.  

An emergency fund of $300 is required.

 

 

2014 RYLA Students

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