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Rotary Club of Altoona, PA  USA


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Youth Exchange


Rotary Youth Exchange

The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for ourselves and our children. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.



Types of Exchanges

Each year, local Rotary districts and clubs worldwide arrange thousands of international Youth Exchanges for high school-aged students. There are two principal types of exchanges:

Long-term exchanges usually last for an academic year. During your stay, you will live with more than one host family — typically three different families for three months each — and attend high school.   To view information about the long-term exchanges going on in our district, click HERE.

                                        Estelle Peltzer

Estelle Peltzer, 2004-2005 Exchange Student from France, helps on work detail at Camp Anderson (Centennial Project).


Short-term exchanges vary from a few weeks to three months. You will not attend school on a short-term exchange, but you will most likely live with a host family.

To Download the Short-Term Handbook click here.