Rotary Youth Exchange 6690

Improving The World  & Southeast Central Ohio One Student At A Time

Rotary District 6690 is a  NAYEN Gold Certificate Winning Youth Exchange Program


New Web Site

RYE Calendar


Forms and Applications


RYE Volunteer Form


How to Become An Exchange Student


Preliminary Outbound Exchange Student Application





Exchange  People

The Committee

Inbounds - 2013-2014

Outbounds 2013-14

Outbounds 2011-2012


Outbounds 2010-2011


Outbounds  2009-10


Rotex (Former Exchange Students)


Stories By Exchangers

Must reading for anyone who wants to be an exchange student!!

Outbound Stories 2011-2012


Outbound Stories 2010-2011


Short Term Outbound Stories 2010


Outbound Stories 2009-10




What is Rotary  

Rotary International is the world's oldest and most international service organization, with over 1.3 million members in 33,000 clubs, in almost 200 countries. The official Rotary motto is, "Service Above Self", and Rotarians live their lives in accordance with the Four Way Test. Rotary Youth Exchange is the top rated exchange program, run by people dedicated to Youth Exchange and International Service.

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Rotary District 6690 is a Gold Certificate Winning Youth Exchange Program

Camp Mary Orton 

Rotary Youth Exchange 

Orientation & Kick Off 

What: Rotary Exchange Student Weekend & Parent Information Session

Date: Saturday/Sunday, August 23rd - August 24th, 2014 (overnight for students only). 
Parent information session on 8/23, Saturday afternoon. 

Who: All Prospective Outbound Students & Parents, Inbounds, Rebounds, RYE District 

Committee. Overnight event will be chaperoned by District Committee members. 

Where: Camp Mary Orton, 7925 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43235 – approx. one mile 
north of I-270 on St. Rt. 23 on west side of the road, just south of Northwoods Blvd. 

Time: Prospective Outbounds: 3:00 p.m. Saturday to 8:30 a.m. Sunday (for students). 
Saturday: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. - Parent Info Session; 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Dinner (all invited). 

Inbounds ONLY: Your training begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. 

Meals: We will be having dinner on Saturday afternoon, and all students and parents are invited 
to attend. (A continental breakfast will be served on Sunday morning to all students 
before departure.) 

Pick-up: All students should be picked up from Camp Mary Orton by 8:30 a.m., Sunday. 

Bring: Air mattress or foam pad, sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, casual clothing, sneakers, gym 
clothes, camera, bug spray, music to share, etc. (We’ll be sleeping on the gym floor.) 

RSVP: Please email Kathy Gatterdam, Columbus Rotary Club Youth Exchange Chairperson, at and include name of student, name(s) of parents who are 
attending, email, and phone number. Questions – please call 614-306-4912. 


It's Not a Year in Your Life, It's a Life In a Year

Become A Rotary Youth

Exchange Student

If you want to be part of this amazing program doing your part to change the world and change your life, this is the web site you need. 

  Click Here.



Become A Rotary Exchange Host Family

Yes We Would Like To Host An Exchange Student

Do your family and yourselves a great service.

Hosting a foreign exchange student turns a stranger into a beloved family member who becomes part of your life forever. Your children and grandchildren find a close friend in another country who is more like a brothers or sisters.   


Host Family Application

Please Fill Out and Give to Local Rotary RYE

Every prospective Long Term outbound student must include the forms with three prospective host families with their application. This, of course, can be their own family hosting three times (3.5 months each time).  We instituted this rule because our district has to host as many Long Term students as we send.  The more host families, the more inbounds we can host.

Read "What My Host Families Meant To Me" 

From Our Former Exchange Students



What Do You Need To Become A Rotary Exchange Student 

Requirements for Outbound Exchange Students

What Do You Need to Do To Become An Exchange Student

Download in Adobe PDF Format



As an exchange student, you’re 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 bad…). 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.


*Four research 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


1. What is Rotary? (Due 1 week before the January RYE weekend)

2. USA, 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)

4. The difference in culture between your home country and host country. This paper takes a lot of research, because you’re 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.


In addition to the above papers, after you get your country match up, you’ll also need to translate the letter that was in your application to your new host language. Please email it to Kathy (ST) or Walter (LT).

Failing to 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 the program!



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.



After you have been accepted in to the program (after the district interviews) you’ll 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. I’ll 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.



You have started a life changing experience that VERY few people go through. I don’t 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! You’re very special!



Example of Excellent Cultural Paper For Outbound



2013-2014 Outbound

Exchange Students 

With Outbound Chair, Walter Lundstrom. 

See who they are


where they are