Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rotary Seeks High School Students for Overseas Study

HOLA! BONJOUR! KONNICHI WA! NÎ HÂO! Learn a new language – experience a different culture – make new friends – spend a year in a foreign land; there are many benefits of studying abroad.

If you will be a high school student in 2011-12, you can broaden your world view as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in a foreign country. Many for-profit exchange programs cost tens of thousands of dollars for such exchanges. Rotary has been providing this enriching experience since the 1920’s for a minimal cost to students and their families.

Rotary Club volunteers administer the program at the local level, which helps keep costs low for students and their families. These volunteers often offer years of experience with students and host families, ensuring a safe, nurturing and enriching environment.

While students are overseas, they are treated like a member of the family…their schooling, their room and board and their food are covered by the host family.

Rotary District 7470, comprised of Essex, Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties, has had student exchanges with Spain, Germany, France, Japan, India, Brazil, Argentina and many other countries.

There are two programs for high school students: an academic year exchange, and a short-term exchange of 3 to 4 weeks during the summer. Applications from interested students will be accepted until December 31, 2010. Interviews will be conducted during January and February of 2011 with final selections made by the end of February.

Is your child interested in becoming a foreign exchange student? Would you enjoy the experience of hosting a student from another country? For more information, visit www.youthexchangenj.org or contact Avi Tilak at 973-989-4037 or avitilak9@gmail.com

To learn more about Rotary in your community, visit www.rotarydistrict7470.org

Larry Ripley

Rotary District 7470

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