Rotary Youth Exchange inspires young leaders to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world, long after their exchanges end. This program is possible because of the dedication, leadership, and passion of the tens of thousands of volunteers — Rotary members and nonmembers alike — who make this unique program so successful.

Read the latest about how Rotary Youth Exchange is a catalyst for service, cultural understanding, and lifelong connections to Rotary.

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

What are the costs?

Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours

How can I apply?

Candidates are ages 15-19 and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact Rotary Club of Indianola to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves.

Rotary Club of Indianola has participated in Rotary Youth Exchange since the 1960's in one form or another. Some years we have sponsored inbound students to Indianola for a year of education at the Indianola High School.  Other years we have sponsored outbound students to other countries for a year of education overseas. The majority of our outbound students have been Juniors or Seniors in the Indianola High School, although other Warren County schools will be considered. It is important to start the process early as it now takes over one-year to complete all of the background checks and logistics necessary to support an outbound student.  Contact for additional information.

An Indianola High School student has recently left to spend one year in France for studies.  We will post updates of her experience over the next several months when she gives us permission to do so.