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



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.

NAYEN logo

Rotary District 6690 is a Gold Certificate Winning Youth Exchange Program

Next  Event 

Lancaster Rotary Weekend

April 26-27, 2014

Arrive 1pm Saturday

Leave 9:00 AM Sunday

Drop Off- Fairfield Federal Saving and Loan

124 Broad Street, Lancaster OH 

Pick Up at 9:00 am Sunday

The YMCA Rec Plex 

1180 E Locust Street

Lancaster OH 43130

740-409-2415- Judy Root 

Over 130 Participants Make March Weekend A Big Affair 

Over 130 people particpated in our March Weekend sponsored by the Newark Rotary Club.  Between Parents, Short Term and Long Term Outbounds, Inbounds, Rebounds and a lot of Volunteers it was a major event.  Shown to the left is the Parent Orientation.  Inbounds were out exploring Newark/Heath along with several rebounds and volunteers.  Newark Rotary Club under the Direction of President Tony Adams provided delicious meals and facilities.  The Licking Country YMCA is an amazing facility and tendered to our needs in an incredible fashion. Later in the evening there was a language camp where inbounds coached the new outbounds in language.   Students and volunteers overnighted and continued outbound training on Sunday morning.  We have 18 Inbounds (students from foreign countries), 10 Long Term outbounds (students leaving this summer for their year long exchange) and 22 Short Terms (Students leaving this summer for a 1-2 month exchange).  15 Volunteers come from all over the District and include Rotarians and Non-Rotarians.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Laura Aume at

Inbound Exchange Student's Exploits On 

Tennis Courts Mentioned In Local Newspaper 

Check it out at

Help RYE 6690 Donate Shelterboxes To Philippines Typhoon Relief In Rotary Exchange Student Vid Saunders' Memory
To Date Over $8,000 Raised. 

Information Sheet and Where To Donate
Please donate to Philippine Disaster Relief In the name of David "Vid" Saunders. Vid passed away November 20 and his fellow exchange students want to honor his memory by  Shelter-boxes to Philippines Typhoon Relief. Vid was a 2012-2013 exchange student to the Philippines. With winds of 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines Nov. 7, is reported to be the largest storm ever recorded. These 8 shelterboxes can provide shelter and security for up to 80 people including Clean Drinking water, a tent which will sleep 10, cooking utensils, sleeping bags, and much more
Make Your Checks out to: ShelterBox USA
Send Checks to : 

c/o Emilie Vandenberg

PO Box 304
Lowell OH 45744

Upcoming Events: 

Newark Rotary Weekend
March 1-2, 2014
Eastern Trip, Inbounds
March 7-15, 2014

Lancaster Rotary Weekend

April 26-27, 2014

District Conference Cherry Valley Lodge
May 17-18, 2014

Rotary Western Adventure,

June 13-27, 2014

Otterbein Rotary Weekend

July 11-13, 2014

Rebound Weekend  TBA

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, 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.


*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 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.


In 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 (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) 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.



You have 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!



Example of Excellent Cultural Paper For Outbound



2013-2014 Outbound

Exchange Students 

With Outbound Chair, Walter Lundstrom. 

See who they are


where they are