Short Term, customizable program for
post-secondary students and
professionals ages 18 - 30.

Participants are fully involved in designing their international exchange that combines their professional/vocational goals with Rotary service projects and cultural exchange exposure.

The Benefits

  • Make connections with service-minded community leaders in another country
  • Learn another language or improve your language skills
  • Build your professional/vocational knowledge and skills
  • Gain international experience and contacts
  • Travel and explore a new culture while giving back through service

Exchange Basics 

With your host District NGSE, you’ll plan activities that can include professional development, humanitarian service, cultural exchange, networking, relationship building, and leadership development.
Exchanges are very flexible:
  • Can last from a few weeks to no more than six months
  • Can be arranged for individuals or groups
  • Need not be reciprocal
  • Can be completely virtual, in-person, or a combination of both


There are no financial expenditures if done virtually.

In-person costs vary by distance and program. Participants arrange and pay for their airfare, insurance and visas and provide their own pocket money. Rotary members provide homestay (accommodation and food) to reduce expenses, arrange no-cost, no-remuneration internships or job-shadowing programs, and travel to Rotary service projects.

NGSE - Stories from Exchange

Rotary International Convention
Houston - June 2022

Breakout Session Presentation


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