The District 7710 Youth Exchange Committee has adopted some new policies that will make sponsoring Outbound Long Term Exchange students even easier for local clubs and will help move the Youth Exchange program toward self-sustainability, which will be easier on the District’s budget.
Our membership in Rotary’s Eastern States Youth Exchange (ESSEX) consortium requires that each district hosting or sponsoring Youth Exchange students submit administrative fees of $250 per student, both inbound and outbound. This year, with five Inbounds and three outbounds, District 7710’s bill to ESSEX was $2,250, including a $250 charge for an outbound student who was placed by ESSEX, but did not participate in the exchange.
To help cover these expenses as well as provide our local students with tools to professionally be a Rotary District 7710 ambassador abroad, a total of $775 will be charged to each outbound student, beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year. This fee will cover ESSEX dues and will also include purchasing a student blazer, District 7710 name badge, patches and lapel pins for exchanging with other students, and business cards.
In addition, Jim Harrington, Outbound Coordinator, has developed instructions for students and for sponsoring clubs which will facilitate the application process.
Outbound applications are currently being received. Students must be age 15-18 by departure date in 2017. (NOTE: Some countries have different maximum ages they will accept). If you are interested in an exchange student contact Harrington at firstname.lastname@example.org or Helen Holt at email@example.com, as soon as possible. The sooner an application is received, the more quickly it can be processed, including interviews at the club and district levels, and the more likely a student will be assigned to their top country choices.
Finally, please remember that clubs which sponsor an outbound student are also expected to host an inbound student during the same year. Johnny Whitfield serves as inbound coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to working with even more district rotary clubs as this excellent international youth exchange program continues to grow in the Heart of Carolina!