Rotary Club of Etobicoke promotes youth exchange program

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke is looking for an Etobicoke student who is interested in participating in a year-long youth exchange program for the academic year 2010-2011. At the same time, the Club will welcome a student from another country.

Each year, some 7,000 students, sponsored by Rotary Clubs around the world, travel to a different country to learn the language and the culture; they make new friends and form bonds with second families that last for years.
The Youth Exchange program is a very well-established and respected program of Rotary International. All students stay with families that have passed police checks and have been interviewed. The students have a counsellor in the country where they stay in case they need someone to talk to or to assist with the challenges of being away from home.

All applicants must still be under 18 years of age in the summer of 2011. The successful applicant is given a list of countries to choose from; usually they are able to go to one of their top three choices. The cost of their education is covered while they are away on exchange. The Rotary Club hosting the student in the foreign country also provides them with a monthly allowance. Students spend time with other exchange students, go sightseeing with their host families and are completely immersed in a new way of life while attending school and participating in social activities.
The Rotary Club of Etobicoke was established 80 years ago with the goal of making a difference in the local and international community. They have raised over $1.5 million, 100% of which has been given to charities that include hospitals, hospices, shelters, scholarships, water projects, AIDS clinics, and many, many more. Each Canada Day weekend they host the Toronto Ribfest, which is their main fundraiser, and participate in November in the Rotary TV Auction on Rogers Cable 10.

For more information, see the Facebook page: “Etobicoke Rotary Youth Exchange” or send an e-mail to etobicokerotary@yahoo.ca. You can also find information by going to www.rotary.org and doing a search for “youth exchange”. To apply, call Debra Selkirk at (416) 471-9406.

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