The Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) is an easy and affordable way to participate. Through STEP, young people ages 15 to 18.5 from many different countries get the opportunity to spend a summer together, learning about different countries and cultures.
Your son or daughter will be hosted by his/her matched family in another country (usually for four weeks) during the summer. Your family will reciprocate by hosting your matched international student for a similar period. Most of the time your student will travel first, but not always. Some countries have "split-exchanges" with each student traveling during their school breaks (typically December-January). So students may have the added bonus of auditing school for a time during their exchange.
What Does it Cost?
Costs include a Rotary administrative fee of $500 (covers training, background checks, etc), short term health insurance (about $3/day), and the airline ticket. The total cost for a student is usually less than $600 (plus the airline ticket which varies greatly by destination.)
How to Apply
Please start the process by filling out the form on the Get Started tab and contacting your local Rotary Club. If you don't know your local club, we can help you out and get you started on an experience that will change your life!