As an exchange
student, youíre job is to be a goodwill ambassador representing
Rotary, District 6690, and the US. People here in the US will judge our
program on your behavior, and the people
you touch overseas will literally get
their strongest perception about the US from you (good or badÖ). Part of
being an effective goodwill ambassador is to be prepared, and
because of that, the following learning requirements are mandatory
parts of the program.
PAPERS & REQUIRED GROUNDWORK
papers and each paper should be 750-1000 words. The purpose of the
papers is for you to be prepared for your exchange.
Email all papers to Kathy Gatterdam firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What is
Rotary? (Due 1 week before the January RYE weekend)
Ohio, and your home town. (Due 1 week before the March weekend)
3. Your host
country and city. (Due 1 week before the May RYE weekend)
difference in culture between your home country and host country. This paper takes a
lot of research, because youíre looking for the deep cultural
differences, not music and food. (Only for long term students. Due 1
week before the July RYE weekend. Email it to Walter Lundstrom).
Papers, if acceptable, may be published on the District Web Site.
Paper 1-3 are for all out-bounds.
Paper 4 is only for long term out-bounds.
addition to the above papers, after you get your country match up,
youíll also need to translate the letter that was in your application
to your new host language. Please email it to Kathy (ST) or Walter
deliver any of these research papers or the translated letter on time,
will jeopardize your exchange and may result in you not being part of
When you get
your country match, you must also start to learn your host language.
There are numerous programs available. Rosetta Stone might be
one of the best ones, but that is up to each student to find what works
best for you and your budget.
PRESENTATION TO ROTARY CLUB
After you have
been accepted in to the program (after the district interviews)
youíll need to get in touch with your sponsoring Rotary club to setup
a time in April / May for you to do a 20 minutes Power Point
presentation. Iíll give you more information about that later. Most
clubs fill up their programs quickly, so get in touch with them
right away after you are accepted.
7,000 US HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS DO THIS. BE THAT ONE
started a life changing experience that VERY few people go through. I
donít know the statistics for short term exchanges, but according to a
National Geographic study last year, only one US high school student in
7,000 becomes an exchange student! Youíre very special!