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RYE Info Meeting LV
Transcript of RYE Info Meeting LV
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
- World wide service organization founded in 1905
- 1.2 million members
-More than 200 countries
-multi-district exchange program including all 8 Florida Rotary districts
-approximately 80 students inbound and 80 students outbound each year
-"flat fee" cost basis to equalize costs for each participant
- combined resources makes for more efficient program
- many more country choices
-Oldest youth exchange program in Florida dating back to the mid 70s
-multi-national district which includes
-Monroe (the Keys)
- Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
- Year long academic year exchange
- Secondary school attendance required
- Sponsored by local Rotary club, hosted by local Rotary Club in hosting district
- Two to three host families
- At least basic knowledge of target language a plus - language camps and/or courses may be required
- Some optional tours usually available
- Some Rotary trips may be available
The NUTS and BOLTS
- Where can they go
- What does it cost?
- What is included and what is not included?
WHERE CAN THEY GO?
WHAT DOES IT COST?
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Round trip air with one year open ticket
- Accident, health and liability insurance with terrific benefits
- Two RYE Florida three day orientations with 80 fellow exchange students and full staff of experienced and professional Rotary staff
- Additional local orientation programs
- Housing including room and board
- Language camps/courses if required
- Rotary blazer, pins and business cards
- $150 non-refundable fee with the application
- $300 due with sign-up for January orientation– refunded if student cannot be placed; forfeited if student refuses valid assignment or drops out
- Balance - equal payments due March 1, April 1, May 1, June 1
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Visa fees, miscellaneous local charges and passport costs
- Spending money (there IS a monthly stipend of about US $75 - $100 paid by the host Rotary club)
- Optional tours (Eurotour, etc)
- Health screenings/inoculations/vaccinations, etc. that may be required by the accepting country not covered by insurance
- “Emergency fund” required by hosting country - usually about $300
AND CONSIDER THIS
- Commercial "exchange" programs charge upwards of $10,000 for their programs
- It has been estimated that the "scholarship value" of Rotary Youth Exchange is in excess of $24,000
- Best value
- Administration: 99.9% of those working in the program are volunteers, including hosts, counselors, committee members. No profit motive.
- Rotary has a self-imposed quality control program which "certifies" participating Rotary districts
- Exchanges are administered locally - not by paid staff members hundreds of miles away from the students
ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE
-Started in 1929 in France and 1930 in the United States
-About 8,000 exchanges annually
-Only "certified" districts can do exchanges
- District-to-district program - Established exchanges with partners we trust
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- November 6th - application deadline
- November 19th - interviews at Nova
- December 17th - country "reveal" party
- January 6 - 8th - first orientation at Lake Yale
- April 22-23 - local orientation
- June 23 - 25th final orientation at Lake Yale
- Late July - Early August - the adventure begins
- How long is the program?
One academic year – from July/August to May/June. If optional trip is taken the exchange can be a little longer, but not more than one year.
- Can I come home during the year and go back?
- Do I get to choose where I am going?
Yes, and no. There are no guarantees as to country assignment. A preference form will be completed by you listing five choices, and ones that you do not want to go to. You will not go where you don’t want to – every effort will be made to send you where you do want to go.
- Do we have to host?
- Can my friends and family visit me
Yes, and no. Family visits are permitted but not until the spring. Visits from “friends” (including boy friends, girl friends, etc.) unconnected with a visit with family is prohibited.
- Can I travel while abroad?
Yes and no. Travel that is approved by the local Rotary district, host club, host family and natural parents is permitted. Unaccompanied travel is not permitted. At the end of the exchange you must return directly home.
- What are the rules?
The major rules which will get you sent home if broken are the 4 D’s.
- No Drinking (other than in host family home with hosts present)
-No serious Dating
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- Resources. Lots of resources for those involved in the Rotary programs, such as web sites which provide information and advice, a resource web site and training seminars to train those involved in current issues and regulations.
- Worldwide support. Yahoo site with over 500 youth exchange officers worldwide providing almost intant access to assistance in every exchange country. Many youth exchange officers are personally acquainted with their exchange partners.
WHERE TO START
- Go to www.ryeflorida.org to access on line application and instructions under "forms", "outbound"
and complete the required sections
- contact local Rotary club for sponsorship
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