What is ROTARY?
Rotary International is an organization of business and professional leaders, united worldwide, dedicated to humanitarian service & ethical standards in business. Rotarians promote world understanding & peace through programs like Youth Exchange. With more than 29,000 clubs, in more than 156 countries, Rotary has an extensive network of volunteers, who are community leaders.
What is Rotary Youth Exchange?
This year almost 7,000 students from more than 71 countries will enrich their lives. They will see the world the way it is best seen - from the inside out - through Rotary Youth Exchange. Who can participate? The youth exchange program is open to qualified young men & women between the ages of 15 & 19. The sons & daughters of Non-Rotarians & Rotarians are eligible. Applicants are to be approved by a local Rotary club on the basis of a written application & personal interview.
What is Western States Student Exchange (WESSEX)?
WESSEX is a non-commercial organization originally formed by seven Rotary International Districts (5130, 5150, 5160, 5170, 5180, 5220, and 5230) who have pooled their resources to provide you effective & efficient services. WESSEX’s scope of responsibility recently expanded to encompass 17 districts and shortly another will be added. We have an established network of trusted Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange throughout the world helping to ensure a successful and safe exchange for your son or daughter. For the high school year inbound students, we make available an incredible tour of the Western States and a Hawaiian adventure.