Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary Club has been actively involved in Youth Exchange for almost 3 decades. Each year, the club agrees to host a student (between the ages of 15 and 19) for a year. The inbound student is hosted by 3 or 4 families and they attend Georgian Bay Community School in Meaford.
For 2016-2017, Hannes Stange from Bad Toelz, Bavaria, Germany is our Rotary Exchange Student.
For 2015-2016 (Alice) Premkamol Thongbai from Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand was our Rotary Exchange Student.
And we have 4 students from our Club visiting other countries.
Greg Smith, Hungary
Brier Gyles, Belgium
Virginia Dinsmore, Germany
James Allen, Sweden.
Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.
Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend one school year leaving as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.
Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who:
Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly allowance. Participants are generally responsible for:
Contact Youth Exchange Chair, Bruce Paterson at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the types of programs offered, and specific application process required. Because the selection and orientation process can be lengthy, we suggest you apply before September so that the process is complete for you to leave the following August.
Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.
Interested in learning more about being a host family, contact Youth Exchange Chair, Bruce Paterson at email@example.com