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PRESENTATION
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      District Chair
      Sandy Swan
          sjswan@telus.net
          Home (403) 678-2187
          Work (403) 678-5822
           Fax (403 678-5852
www.rotary5360.org/youth_exchange/ST.htm
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            Canmore - Brazil
 “ I wouldn’t have missed this opportunity for
the world. It has been the best experience of
   my life. I learned that people all over the
  world are the same, even though they have
    different customs and speak a different
 language. I matured immeasurably in the 6
weeks I was in Brazil. I believe the exchange
   made me a better person, and gave me a
      better understanding of the world “
                    Julie Freeman, Canmore
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      Canmore
       Brazil
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Canmore
 Brazil
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                 Canmore
                  Brazil
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         Sylvan Lake - Sweden
  “ I can’t thank Rotary enough for making
this opportunity available to Rachel and our
family. She matured a lot over the summer
  as a result of this and our family thrived
    even more from having Julia with us.”
         Randy & Linda Fiedler, Sylvan Lake
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                     Sylvan Lake
                       Sweden
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                 Olds - Italy
  “ I would definitely recommend this type of
      exchange to everyone. Experiencing
  something like this first hand is an amazing
  opportunity. I think I have changed for the
 better because of this trip. During my month
   in Italy I grew as a person. Not only did I
mature, but I also learned to become fore self-
sufficient and to trust my decision capabilities.”
                          Kaityln Mitchell, Olds
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        Olds
        Italy
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           Drumheller - Belgium
  “ My personal experience was good. It is an
 easy program to administer. It’s a great way
  for students to gain an international cultural
 experience during the summer break. This is
an alternative for students not selected for long
     term exchange who still want a cultural
 experience. Clubs require very little financial
 support. The program promotes international
        understanding between families.”
                    Anita Fryters, Drumheller
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              Calgary - Germany
“A highlight of the exchange was meeting new people
and spending time with them. Another highlight was
  visiting Berlin & East Berlin. After all of the history
lessons in school, and my family history, the visit was
   more significant. The exchange improved my life
  because I gained more confidence in myself. The
   year following the exchange I challenged a major
  university German diploma which will allow me to
     attend a college in Germany. Thanks for the
   opportunity to contribute part of my experience.”

                            Megan Semel, Calgary
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                 Calgary - Brazil
 “I had so much fun in Brazil, I loved it. I slowly picked
    up some Portuguese. I had to start shortening my
    sentences to make it easier & throwing in the odd
  Portuguese or Spanish word, and using a lot of hand
   gestures! I met about 20 people that have been to
 Canada/America in the past couple years. It's insane.
   There were people from every country. Wow, Salto
Grande was a BLAST! It was a huge Rotary meeting with
    all the exchange students from this district. I’m
     learning so much and broadening my horizons.”

                        Erin Van Housen, Calgary
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        Eligibility
 The Rotary Short-Term Exchange
Program offers youths between the
ages of 15 and 18 an opportunity to
  participate in an exchange with
   students in a foreign country.
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Purpose & Objectives
    • Six to eight weeks in duration
     • Exchanges take place when
       schools are not in session
        • Exchanges usually do
   not include an academic program

IT IS A DIRECT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
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Purpose & Objectives
 • Students are paired with students of similar
            age, sex and interests.
• One or the other of the students will first visit
 the family he or she has been matched with.
   The student will stay with that family for a
period of usually 3 to 4 weeks (depending upon
the country involved). Then, the two students
  will fly (usually together) to the other family
      involved, and the process is reversed.
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Purpose & Objectives
The Rotary Clubs are facilitators only, and set
up the mechanism to make the visit possible.
  It is not a subsidized program, nor is it the
 responsibility of the Rotary Clubs involved to
entertain the students involved. The program
      is a FAMILY TO FAMILY exchange.
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    Organization &
    Administration
 A Rotary Club can recruit students for the
Short-Term exchanges in the same manner
     as for academic-year exchanges:
           • By former students
• Through advertisements at high schools
• With brochures specific to the program.
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Organization &
Administration
  Applications must be accepted
  by an endorsing Rotary Club.
There must be a written application
     and a personal interview.
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              Costs
 The Rotary Short Term Youth Exchange
program is handled by volunteers, which
    makes the cost very reasonable.
Also, as a “guest” of the host family, the
     student’s basic living expenses
         are provided at no cost.
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                  Costs
The costs to the student and their family would be:

       $200 Administration Fee
 to cover phone/fax & courier costs.
                   • Airfare
                 • Insurance
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               Process
          The Short-Term Application
   & $200 deposit must be received by the
   District Chairperson prior to March 31st.
 Upon receipt of this material, we will begin to
   look for an overseas host family. Most host
family matches will be completed by May 30th,
  although, it may be later. The entire deposit
 will be refunded in the rare event that we are
         unable to secure a host family.
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     Countries
Argentina – Belgium – Norway
 Brazil – Denmark – Sweden
Finland – Germany – Thailand
 Italy – Japan – Switzerland
  Mexico – The Netherlands
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      Will I be Able to go to the
         Country I Request?
   Our district makes every attempt to enable a
      student to exchange with the country of
      preference, but it is not always possible.
    A student should make three choices. On
  occasion, a student may be asked to exchange
with a country not in their “top three”. At that time
   he/she will have to decide whether or not the
    “exchange” is as important as the particular
            country they had requested.
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     What about the Language?
 This is seldom a problem. Without exception, virtually
    all students traveling to Canada have reasonably
good English language skills. For many of them it is an
   opportunity to improve their English, and they do
   not expect to converse in any other language. For
  our students, the primary contact is with the student
  they have been matched with, and that student can
speak English. Many of the families participating in this
program speak English, although one must realistically
 expect a wide variety of levels of fluency. Rotary tries
    not to match students who cannot communicate.
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       Travel
   Arrangements
The counselor, student & parents
 make the travel arrangements
  with a travel agent that the
  Rotary District has selected.
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 What if I find a Better Price?
  Rotary endeavors to obtain the best possible
     prices. We acknowledge that there are
     circumstances which occasionally make
    “seat sale” prices appear better than the
fares Rotary can obtain. However – the District
   is required to consider the entire program.
Rotary will not jeopardize the program tin order
           to match the sale price on a
              particular destination.
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 What if I find a Better Price?
   Because the program operates during
 summer vacations, the actual dates of the
    exchange program become critical.

  We rely on the Travel Agent selected by
Rotary to ensure that travel for the students
       goes smoothly and that all the
necessary paperwork & insurance is in order.
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      How Can I
   Pay for the Trip?
Payment is made DIRECTLY
     to the travel agent
 using whatever method of
    payment they prefer.
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       Getting Along
   Sometimes it happens that students simply
   do not get along. Rotary will do everything
possible to facilitate things, and if circumstances
 require this, will remove the student from that
 home. Should that occur, it may be necessary
 to send the student home early and terminate
  the exchange. If one of these rare situations
occurs, the District will do everything possible to
     resolve the matter satisfactorily to all.
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QUESTIONS?
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  Student
 Counselor
Information
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Advertise the Opportunity
        • Put up posters at the school.
        • Schedule announcements on
     the "morning bulletin" at the school.
 • Flyers in parent addressed school mailings.
       • Engage the Interact Club in the
            search for candidates.
• Promote the program with newspaper articles.
         • Existing Inbound students
        can be excellent "promoters."
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     Student Applications
 All applicants should be required to fill out a brief
 introductory application, which should consist of at
   least page one of the standard application form.
In addition the student should be asked to submit a
     handwritten response to such questions as:
 a. Why do you want to be an exchange student?
       b. What are the four most important
               problems in world?
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       Interviewing
        Candidates
All applicants that respond in a reasonable
manner should be shown the courtesy of an
      interview with the Youth Exchange
                 Committee.
  Establish a consistent set of interview
       questions for each candidate.
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Sample Interview Questions
 1.  What was the most and least important course in High School?
 2.  What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday night?
 3.  Do you drink or smoke?
 4.  Tell us about your last family trip. What was your level of participation?
 5.  What are your chores at home? Do you get paid for them?
 6.  Do you or any of your family members speak languages other than
     English?
 7. Why do you think that Rotary has a youth exchange program?
 8. Briefly describe what you know about Rotary.
 9. What can you gain from being a Rotary Exchange student?
 10. What is the most important thing you have ever attempted?
 11. Do you share a room with a sibling?
 12. Do you have any medical problems or allergies?
 13. What will you do as an ambassador of your country and Rotary?
 14. What is the "greatest" thing about your hometown?

      Questions should be consistent from student to student.
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          Selection Criteria
Age Requirements :

  • Minimum of 15 years at departure.
  • Can be no more than 18 during exchange year.

Relationship to Rotarian:

  • Neither preference nor disqualification based on this.
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          Selection Criteria
Language Requirements :

  • No specific requirements. A student that has studied
    any language is going to be more responsive to the
    learning process when they arrive in their host
    country.

Reasons:

  • Are the student's motives in agreement with the
    objectives of the program?
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         Selection Criteria
Ambassadorial Skills:

  • Do they know their own country? What do they know
    of the host country?

Worldly Experiences :

  • Has the student traveled in Canada? In any foreign
    country? Has the student been away from family for
    any period of time?
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           Selection Criteria
Educational Qualifications:

  • Has the student taken a variety of courses? Has the
    student been involved in extracurricular activities? Sports,
    drama or leadership roles? Are communication skills
    sufficient to speak before a Rotary club meeting?

Social Flexibility:

  • Does the student demonstrate an ability to bend with
    the demands of new situations?
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          Selection Criteria
Appearance and Dress:
  • Does the student appear to represent the
    mainstream of Canadian students? Is the Rotary club
    going to be proud to be represented by this student?
    Will the student be acceptable to their host parents?
    Would you want this student in your home?

Residency:
  • Is the student going to be available to participate in
    some Rotary club activities when he/she returns from
    exchange?
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          Selection Criteria
Parental Support:

  • Does the student have the support of the parents?


Financial :
  • Does the student have the financial capability?
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    Selection Phase 1
  Establish a quantitative mechanism
      for judging the applicants.

   Keep in mind that your club can
send more than one student if need be.

This will depend on the host countries
 we have available to exchange with.
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           Selection Phase 1
• Determine the top candidate or candidates to enter
  phase two of the selection process.
• Those candidates should be asked to complete the entire
  Rotary Exchange Student application.
• Arrange a meeting with the parents of the finalists to
  determine the parent's level of interest.
• Advise the parents of the estimated expenses for the
  Rotary Youth Exchange program.
      1. Application fee $200
      2. Airfare
      3. Insurance
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               Selection Phase 2
• Review the complete applications and at committee level
  determine an order of selection.
• Inform the candidates of the selection.
• Ask the student for three country choices Keep in mind that
  they may be asked to exchange with a country not of their
  preference.
• Compliment ALL of the applicants for their involvement.
  Address a letter to each thanking them for their participation.
• Encourage eligible students to reapply next year.
• How well you manage the letter of regret will have a significant
  affect on the future of your program.
• Notify District Chair of your selection, as well as the country
  choices the student has made.
• All candidates must be submitted to District prior to March
  31st.
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             After Selection
• Encourage the selected student to attend Rotary
  meetings to learn more about Rotary.
• Assist the selected student in the process of
  completing their paperwork and obtaining a passport
  etc.
• Advise the student on the importance of selecting
  gifts for the families, counselor and Rotary Club in the
  exchange country.
• These should be token gifts that are representative of
  the student's hometown and industry.
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    Preparing for Departure
• Advise the student to email or fax the host parents in
  the exchange country as soon as the student is aware
  of his / her assignment.
• Advise the student to discuss clothing requirements
  with host families prior to packing.
• Have student contact airlines to determine luggage
  limitations. Advise student on methods of money
  transfers, use of credit cards and costs of visiting the
  host country. Provide the student and parents with
  information regarding the travel agent our District has
  chosen to use.
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   Preparing for Departure
• Ensure that the student has some rudimentary
  knowledge of Canada and Alberta. He/she will
  be asked all sorts of questions about our
  country.
• The student may be asked to make a
  presentation to a Rotary club about his life
  here in Canada. He/she should be prepared
  for this event. The presentation should include
  facts about his/her city, family, hobbies and
  pastimes.
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   Preparing for Departure
• Ensure that the student is knowledgeable
  about the sponsoring Rotary club.
• The student should know the size of the
  club, projects etc.
• When she/he attends a Rotary meeting in
  the other country, he may be asked about
  his local club.
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               Departure
• Present the student with Rotary Club banners
  to be traded in the host country.
• Present the student with small Canadian flags
  for the host parents and Rotary Club.
• Ensure that the student has his/her passport
  as well as a copy in case of emergency.
• Ensure that the student has a copy of theirs as
  well as the other student’s application with
  them for travel.
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QUESTIONS?
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 Outbound
  Student
Information
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  The Rotary Short-Term Youth
Exchange Program is arranged by
Rotary Clubs for Young People to
    enable them to have the
    experience of a lifetime.
 In a wide choice of countries, it
      also gives many other
 opportunities, both during and
after the exchange is completed.
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          Who Can Apply?
Applicants must be older than 15 years and younger than
 18 years on the date of departure.
Any boy or girl. Sons or daughters of Rotary members
 gain no preference in selection
Applicants should be making sound progress at school
 and have a general interest in people and places. They
 should possess a good general knowledge of Canada.
Applicants must display high standards of personal
 conduct and attitudes.
Ideal candidates should possess qualities like flexibility
 and a willingness to try new things.
Rotary is looking for young people who can act as
 personal ambassadors.
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  Do You Have What It Takes To Be A
Rotary Short-Term Exchange Student?
• There is no specific language requirement. Most
students are placed with families that can speak
English.
• Do you know your own country and have you traveled
in Canada?
• Have you been involved in extracurricular activities
such as sports, drama or leadership roles?
• Are your communication skills sufficient to tell a
Rotary Club about your exchange? Will you be willing
to participate in some Rotary Club Functions?
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  Do You Have What It Takes To Be A
Rotary Short-Term Exchange Student?
  •Do you have the ability to bend with the demands
  of new situations?
  • Will a sponsoring Rotary club be proud to be
  represented by you?
  • Do you have the support of your parents?
  • Do you have the financial resources?

If you are answering NO to some of these questions,
           DON'T BE DISCOURAGED YET!
    Take some time to research and do some soul
             searching for the answers.
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What does an Exchange Cost?
• An administration fee of $200 which will
cover phone, fax & courier costs.
• Return overseas airfare, as arranged by
Rotary to the country of exchange.
• Insurance, as required by our Rotary
District.
• Internal travel in overseas country.
• Day to day living expenses, postage,
phone calls, clothing etc.
• As a “guest” of the host family, the
student’s basic living expenses are provided
at no cost.
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What does an Exchange Cost?
• Rotarians are volunteer business,
professional and trade persons. No Rotarian
receives any compensation for his or her
services in the Rotary Youth Exchange
Program. This makes the program very
reasonable to the student.
• Rotary is not bound to the payment of any
services, fees or other expenses.
• Great variances in expense will occur
depending on the country the student visits.
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        So Where Do I Start?
 For best results, start at the beginning!
  Make contact with a Rotary Club near
    where you live and go to school, or
  contact a youth Exchange Committee
Representative for your geographic area.
Do this no later than January or February
of the school year in which you would like
               to go abroad.
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        So Where Do I Start?
    Applications must be accepted by an
  endorsing Rotary club on the basis of a
 written application and personal interview.
 Get through the interview and application
process. If you are successful and become a
   Rotary Club's candidate, start the full
            application right away.
   Choice of country to exchange to is on
       a first come first served basis.
               GOOD LUCK!
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        When Will You Know?
You will have indicated a choice of countries that you
  would like to go to. Whenever possible, the District
  5360 Chairperson will send your application to the
   country of your choice. The Rotary chairperson in
 that country will assign you to a Rotary club in their
      district. That club counselor will make family
    arrangements for you. This all takes time. When
  those details have been completed your guarantee
   form will be returned to our district and YOU will
     know! This sometimes takes a while, as we are
 dealing with other countries and cultures. Please be
                      patient with us!
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What Will Rotary Expect of You?

      Involvement
    Rotary does not ask that you
  become a devout follower. It does
 however ask that you recognize the
  principles that Rotary represents.
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What Will Rotary Expect of You?
 • You will be asked to attend some Rotary
 functions, which are intended to better
 acquaint you with the process of being an
 exchange student.
 • You will be the guest at local Rotary Club
 meetings prior to your departure. This will help
 you understand what Rotary does in the World.
 • Your host country may ask you to do a brief
 presentation describing your home, town,
 school and Canadian life.
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What Will Rotary Expect of You?
 • You will possibly be invited to attend
 Rotary meetings in your host country. These
 will open doors and opportunities for
 experiences otherwise unavailable.
 • When you return from your exchange the
 sponsoring Rotary club will appreciate your
 sharing the experience of a lifetime.
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As Soon As You Know

Start writing or emailing
    your new family,
   send pictures, and
    ask questions.
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If You Are Selected To Go Abroad
  Your Outbound Counselor will
 guide you through the details of
this process. You will also receive
a large amount of information by
mail, email and verbally, from the
       Outbound Counselor.
STAY ORGANIZED & INFORMED!
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If You Are Selected To Go Abroad
• Get a Passport – you will need passport
photos and proof of citizenship and a photo
ID...ASK first! Remember it can take as much
as 6 weeks to receive a passport.
• Application – Your application will be sent
to the Rotary District in the country you will be
visiting. The Rotarians in that country will
accept the application and forward it to the
student they have matched you with.
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If You Are Selected To Go Abroad
• Visa – Some countries require a visa, even for a
short-term exchange. The travel agent we have
selected will advise you of the requirements.
• Airline Tickets – You, along with your
counselor will make arrangements for your flight,
with a travel agent chosen by Rotary.
• Insurance – Insurance is absolutely required
and Rotary is very specific about what kind. Your
Mom's or Dad's group insurance policy generally
does not work.
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           Rotary's Rules
The Rotary Exchange Student program has
several common sense rules. The principal
 rules are often referred to as the 4 D's.

          •No Drinking
            •No Drugs
           •No Driving
        •No Serious Dating
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           Rotary's Rules
   The first two rules, "Drinking" and
"Drugs", are no different than those of
the society in which you currently live.
   Dating is a very difficult question.
  Rotary recognizes the problems that
repeated dating or serious dating could
    present. The student is strongly
 advised to be very cautious and avoid
      any serious involvement.
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           Rotary's Rules
 Driving is a serious liability problem.
 Canadian laws and insurance factors
are different than those found in many
 other countries. Rotary has seriously
    evaluated this question and has
  deemed it necessary that all Rotary
    Exchange Students forfeit their
        driving privileges for the
      duration of their exchange.
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        Host “Home Rules”
Each family in Canada has "Home Rules".
 The rules in your Host family will have
 differences from those of your current
   home. You will find, however, more
       similarities than differences.
To be an effective Exchange Student you
must recognize and honor the differences
   in social mannerisms that you will
     experience in your host country.
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  What Should You Take?
• ATM cards         can be very helpful in most countries.
Find out from the ATM provider whether they have service
in the country you will be visiting. Ask your parents to set
up an account with a limited amount of money deposited.
• Gifts for your New Families, counselors
 and the Rotary club are very appropriate. Books about
   your hometown or handmade items are always well
received and expected. If there are children in the family
 be sure to take some small gift for them also. Pins and
badges that are typical of your area will be priceless. Also
           small Canadian flags are great gifts
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  What Should You Take?
• Photocopies         of every important document should
be taken before you leave. Take two copies and leave one
 set with your parents. Pack the other in a separate bag.
• Film    is usually more expensive than in Canada. Take
   plenty. Modern security scanners do not affect film.
   • Telephone cards           are commonly used in
many countries. Ask your new host family if this applies
where you are going. You may be able to purchase cards
     in Canada that can be used in other countries.
 You should not expect your host family to pay the costs
              for your phone calls home.
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 Learn the language!
        Start NOW!
 Nothing will be more important!
There are tapes available in almost
 any language. Practice! Practice!
 No one expects you to be totally
 conversant but you should know
salutations and a few fundamental
        words and phrases.
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    Rotary Programs are
     Expected in Most
        Countries.
The Rotarians that will be hosting you will want
  to see pictures, slides and listen about your
    hometown or region. A collection showing
      your home, school, family along with
 slides of some business and agricultural views
       will make for a good presentation.
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      Immunization
Requirements Vary Widely
      from Country
        to Country
    Ask your County Health Department
     Immunization Department what the
current recommendations are for the country
you will be visiting and any adjacent countries
  you might visit during your year abroad.
        Our travel agent will assist you.
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 Read the Newspaper
Everyday for at Least a
Month Before You Go.
  Don't be embarrassed
by knowing less about your
country, politics and gossip
 than your foreign hosts.
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Smile at least 100 times
Everyday for 3 Months
    Before You Go!
  It will be your ticket to a
wonderful, exciting and most
educational year of your life!
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  Why Should You Be A
      “ROTARY"
  Exchange Student?
 There are 3 things that make
Rotary Youth Exchange the best
 exchange program available.
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      The Opportunity
        for Diversity
You will be carefully assigned to a
student & Host Family that will be
   dedicated to your well-being
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    Rotary International
is a Totally Nonprofit Organization
 Rotary International Youth Exchange is only
 one of hundreds of philanthropic programs
  that our 1.2 million-member-organization
  provides. There are absolutely no fees for
 any service that Rotary provides. There is a
 minimal $200 application fee to help offset
      telephone, fax & courier charges.
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  Rotary International is a
  Close-Knit Organization
Rotary will go to extremes to protect you during
     your exchange experience. Rotary has a
structured organizational system, which will give
 you multiple opportunities to seek guidance or
  assistance in your foreign exchange country.
   Rotarians are the business and professional
    leaders of their community. Rotarians are
          effective people in the World
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   Structure and Guidance
 • One of the strong points of the Rotary Youth Exchange
        Program is that it is internationally uniform.
          • Youth Exchange Programs throughout
                 the world are very similar.
     • In each Rotary District there are approximately
                      50 Rotary Clubs.
   • The District Youth Exchange Chairperson will make
arrangements with foreign districts to conduct Exchanges.
• The Rotary Club Youth Exchange Officer assigns a Youth
 Exchange Counselor. The counselor will be a consistent,
guidepost and will have had experience with the exchange
      program. He or she will be your contact person.
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  Structure and Guidance
• In turn the Counselor and Club Youth Exchange Officer
       will interview and select students & families.
    • This Organizational Structure is very important
       to the Exchange Students and their families.
     • This structure insures the student and family
        that there will be several "check points" for
         the safety and well-being of the student.
 • No individual Host Parent, Counselor or Chairperson
  will make an irrational decision regarding a student's
welfare. It will take several of us to make that decision!
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  Parental
Information
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  Rotary International
     Youth Exchange
     is one of the best
opportunities for your son
 or daughter to broaden
    their horizons and
 understand the World in
 which their future rests.
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  The Rotary Difference
  The Rotary Youth Exchange
Program has objectives that are
good reason to be involved with
 most exchange programs. The
   Rotary International Youth
 Exchange Program has more.
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            Security
Rotary has a network consisting of
     a District Youth Exchange
 Chairperson, a Rotary Club Youth
Exchange Officer, a Club Counselor
  and finally the Host Family. This
system assures that many eyes are
watching over your son or daughter
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          Economy
Rotary provides an opportunity for
  International Youth Exchange
   and charges only a minimal
$200 application fee. Because the
  program is run by volunteers,
       Rotary can provide
  a superior exchange program
       at a minimal cost.
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               Supervision
 Rotary has rules. Rules have been developed which
      reflect a long history of international youth
  exchanges. You can be assured that the rules are
    designed in the best interest of your child. The
     enforcement will be just and tempered by our
     organizational structure. Your child will not be
 judged by one host parent, or one regional advisor.
    In the event of a misunderstanding the student
will have the opportunity to discuss the issue with the
            Host parent, the Club Counselor,
the Club Youth Exchange Officer, the Club President,
          and finally the District Chairperson.
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  Character Development
    The student will be encouraged and assisted in
addressing the Host Rotary Club. The student will be
  involved socially with the prominent leaders of the
   community. Rotarians in European, Scandinavian,
  South American and Asian countries are invariably
    the leaders of their communities. Students will
 mature and develop character while participating in
 any exchange program. Rotary offers the assurance
that opportunity will be given for this development of
  character to be of the highest quality. Supervision
    and Rotarian involvement are the keys to such
                     development.
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  What Should a
Parent Be Prepared
       For?
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    The Decision
      Discuss the concept of
international exchanges with your
               child.
  Compare the options. Support
       your child but do not
    "talk them into" becoming
       an exchange student
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  Provide the student with family photos,
 local tourism information and information
   about the economy, entertainment and
  social structure of your community. The
exchange student may be asked to present
    an informational program to the host
  Rotary Club. Slides are very helpful and
well received by Rotary Clubs. Discuss this
   with your local Rotary Club Counselor.
  Often the club will have a slide package
  that your son or daughter may enhance
         with personal slide additions
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    The Departure
        Assist your child in packing their
         luggage for international travel.
 Ensure that all paperwork is in order and that
 your son or daughter has the phone numbers
 they need in the event that a flight is late, or
      something goes wrong during travel.
Gain solace from the fact that this is going to be
       one of the most memorable times
          in your son or daughter's life.
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 Your Connection
Always feel comfortable communicating with the
   Rotarians of the sponsoring Rotary Club.

 If you become aware of your son or daughter
  experiencing problems in their Host country,
 Rotary is prepared to respond. Tell your home
 club counselor who will confer with the district
 chair. Do not call the foreign Rotary district! It
     really is a small, small world after all!

				
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