Applications for the Short Term Exchange are now closed.  Check back October 2022 for the Summer 2023 exchange - applications.
The exchange is contingent on the travel being safe and there being no increased risk in Covid 19.  All candidates and families must be fully vaccinated.
Short Term Exchange Information

The Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) is a short term summer exchange between families.  The student lives with a foreign student’s family for approximately one month and then both students return to Canada where the foreign student lives with the student’s family for another month.  In some cases, the foreign student spends the first month with our students and then both travel overseas for the next month.

The program needs students and parents as a team who are committed to spending the Summer with their exchange experience.  You can find more information below.
You must be aged 15 to 19 years and can have graduated from high school.


Your initial interview will be held before February 1st -  If accepted, all application materials must be submitted as requested no later than April 20th.

An orientation is held for students and parents in April or early May.  You should expect to have been matched with your family by May at the latest.


Travel arrangements are the sole responsibility of the families involved and the travel arrangement preferably should be done through a travel agency, however it is not necessary.  You will need to coordinate the travel with the family abroad.

You will be expected to host the incoming student for the period of time they are in the country.


If accepted into the program, there is a $250 deposit payable which does include orientation(s) and Rotary administration fee. This program is fully funded by the student and their parents. We estimate costs to be around $3,000 CAD to take part in the program which includes:

  • Return airfare

  • Insurance

  • Spending Money


If you are accepted, you will be asked to select countries that you might like to exchange with.  Countries with whom we exchange change from year to year.  Most often we are able to exchange with European countries such as Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Your Family

Your family will be required to go through an interview and home visit by the Sponsoring Club.  In addition, if the student is successful, all persons living in your home will be required to go through a full volunteer screening, which includes an application, references and a police background check that includes  a "vulnerable persons" check.

Training will also be provided to families accepting the exchange.

Contact RYE Team


Contact RYE Committee by email:  Click Here
CLUB MEMBERS:  For Club Documents regarding Youth Exchange, login to District 5360 website -,  Organization/District Committees, password required