What is Youth Exchange?

An exchange program for secondary school students.  Students travel to other countries to learn about the culture and the language as well as act as a cultural ambassador for their own country.

Why participate in a Youth Exchange?

So many reasons! Youth exchange...  

• Provides young people with the opportunity to experience cultures other than their own

• Gives participants a broader view of the world and a deeper understanding of themselves

• Develops leadership and communication skills in youth

• Advances international understanding and world peace

• Allows students to meet people from other countries and experience culture firsthand

• Helps students to gain a better understanding of the basic needs we all share and diversity         that makes each culture unique

Who can participate?

Eligible students must be 

• Between the ages of 15 and 18 ½

• Be returning to secondary school on their return to Canada

• At high school or equivalent academic level

• Above average academically

• Socially ready to handle living abroad for an extended period

• Prepared to learn a new language

What countries participate in the exchange?

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany , Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey  

(please note that this list is subject to small changes on a yearly basis)

What can I do if I'm interested?

Visit the district site to find out more:, and attend our information session which is scheduled for September 15th, 2016 at 7 pm in the library of Merritt Secondary School.

What can I do if I'm interested in hosting a student?

Hosting a student can be a wonderful, rewarding experience.  If you have a spare bedroom and would be interested in hosting a student in your home for a period of 2 ½ months, please contact us.  You do not need to be a Rotarian! More information on hosting can be found right here.