Short Term Exchange


About the Rotary International Short Term Exchange Program (STEP)

Rotary Short Term Exchange presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to live abroad for a brief time over the summer. Participants live with one host family in the destination country for approximately one month in the summer, under the sponsorship of their local Rotary Club. This is a true exchange program because the host brother/sister from abroad will also spend a month with the participating student in his/her home in during the same summer.


To foster world peace, international understanding and good will by extending international communication at the personal level through the exchange of students of high school age. It is our hope that these young people will be able to observe, first hand, the problems and accomplishments of other countries by living with and meeting people of cultures, creeds and colors other than their own.


Any student, age 15-19 of good character who possesses a warm personality and a desire to live abroad and host in return. Candidates should be adaptable and flexible, well-mannered and want to experience life in other countries and cultures. Children of Rotarians and non-Rotarians are equally eligible.

How to apply

We welcome inquiries at any time of the year. Please send us an email if you would like more information about the Short Term Exchange Program.  We will also put you in touch with a Rotary Club in your area.

Downloads & Resources

Discover Your World (Brochure)
Rotary International STEP Brochure
STEP Program Guide

STEP Preliminary Application (use this form to make your initial application)
STEP Long Form Application (use AFTER you have been sponsored by a Rotary Club)
STEP Host Family Application Form