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Rotary Youth Exchange applicants sought

Are you intrigued by the idea of spending one year residing in another country? Are you fascinated by the prospect of living with another family and learning about a new culture? Do you enjoy meeting new friends with diverse backgrounds, sampling unique food, and experiencing adventures and opportunities for growth? If so, you may be interest in the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians who are members of more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries. Youth Exchange provides students with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus increasing international understanding. Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the least expensive international exchange programs open to high school-aged students. Because volunteers in Rotary clubs and districts administer the Rotary Youth Exchange program, there are not any fees to pay to an agency to arrange an exchange. Candidates for Rotary Youth Exchange must be between the ages of 15-18 years old, are eligible to apply a long-term exchange program in which students live for a year in their host country and attend high school. Students cannot have turned 19 prior to the time of the exchange. Bill Mack, President of the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club said, “Rotary has the premiere exchange program for students who want to increase their communication skills, gain confidence, meet new friends, and experience a different culture.” Students participating in the Rotary Youth Exchange program should be academically above average and articulate. They should demonstrate leadership in their schools and communities. They should also be flexible, willing to try new things and act as cultural ambassadors. Preliminary applications must be completed and submitted to the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club, P.O. Box 954, Lindstrom, MN 55045 by October 22, 2012. For more information, contact Chisago Lakes Rotary Youth Exchange Officer Kristine Fuge at kfuge@yahoo.com or visit District 5950/5960’s Northstar Youth Exchange website: www.northstaryouthex change.com or the Rotary International website www.ro tary.org.

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