2019 Youth Exchange Class

Youth Exchange

The Rotary Club of Northfield has had a dynamic and healthy Youth Exchange program since 1969. We are proud of our students and in the way that this community has supported them. We are firm believers that we are changing lives and creating world peace through this wonderful program.

We frequently play host to 4-6 students from around the world that come to live with us each year from August to June. During the Covid pandemic our program paused and we missed our students dearly.

Program Information 

Spending time abroad with Rotary Youth Exchange is a once in a lifetime experience. Your exchange will encompass different phases that will give you opportunities to grow in new ways and experience a new culture and ideas.

Here is a great story about how lives are changed through Rotary Youth Exchange, Your Passport to Adventure.

The purpose of the Rotary Youth Exchange program is to provide secondary school students with the opportunity to travel abroad, live with a host family, and experience life firsthand in a different country, school, and social environment. Exchange students will gain lifelong advantages through an expanded world view and greater appreciation of the world.

For more information, read A Primer for Exchange Students on the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange site.

Countries and Age Requirements

We exchange with many different countries around the world. The students that we host are often between the ages of 15 and 18. They register as seniors at Northfield High School and participate in senior year activities such as homecoming and graduation. No matter what your tastes or interests, we probably have a country that will work for you.