Welcome from the Youth Service Chair

Welcome to the District 5360 Youth Exchange website. This website is intended to be a key communication portal for our youth exchange students (past, present and future), Rotary Club Youth Exchange Committee Members, Host Families and the District Youth Exchange Committee. It is also intended to provide relevant and important information to prospective exchange students, sponsor and host clubs, host families and volunteers involved in the District’s Youth Exchange program.

The District 5360 Youth Exchange program operates solely on a not for profit basis. Both Rotarians and non-Rotarians serve as volunteers and are trained to meet and exceed Rotary International requirements as outlined within the Rotary International Youth Exchange certification program. A strong emphasis has been placed on having procedures in place which address youth protection and the ultimate goal of producing once in a lifetime opportunities through the exchange experience.

The District 5360 Youth Exchange Program establishes the networks necessary to set up Rotary District to Rotary District exchanges in more than 20 different countries around the world each year. The year-long exchange is essentially a cultural, educational, personal growth and linguistical learning opportunity for our students. The host Rotary Club through its volunteers, including their host families, provides the student with a multitude of experiences that will help build a strong foundation for the future.

Check out this website for those areas that are of interest to you and for all of your District 5360 Youth Exchange Program resource needs. We will continue our efforts to ensure the site is kept up to date with relevant, important and timely information, so come back often.

Yours in Rotary Service,


Rick Istead
Chair, Youth Service Committee