Snow and Ice Don’t Stop Rotarians or Rotary Youth Exchange
Yesterday amid the snow we had the first round of interviews of applicants for the 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange year. Four student applicants and their parents met with five of the Youth Exchange Committee for District 6060.
Two of the students were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jackson MO. One was sponsored by the Washington MO Rotary Club. One was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Louis.
These students are interested in exchanges to countries including Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, and possibly several other European countries. Final selection depends on availability in the host countries.
Second Set of Interviews Scheduled for December 28
The next round of interviews is scheduled for December 28. This will have up to five more students with parents.
Any Rotary Club may sponsor a student for Youth Exchange. They may promote exchanges through their local schools. They discuss the exchange program with the students and parents in detail. Then the student (and parents) complete the application with help from the sponsor club. The sponsor club is required to sign off on the application before transmitting to the District RYE Committee.
The District Committee is committed that all participants – students, parents, host families, and Rotary Clubs – to have a successful exchange. The Committee reviews the applications and schedules interviews with parents and students make sure that:
- All the required information on the applications is accurate and complete.
- Students and parents are personally committed and understand the rules and risks
- Students have the maturity, intelligence, knowledge,and passion needed for a successful exchange.