Applications for the Rotary Youth Exchange Summer Program are being accepted by the Rotary Club of Windsor through Nov. 14.
According to a news release from Ralph Moore of the Rotary Club of Windsor, the program involves pairing a high school student — 15-19 years of age — with a student from a foreign country.
Moore said the American student would spend from three to four weeks living with his or her host family in a different country. The two students would then return together to the United States and spend a similar period of time together in the American student’s home. The student’s family is responsible for the cost of travel and insurance for their student, and must agree to host the foreign student in their home for a period of three to four weeks.
In order to qualify for the program, Moore said, the student must be of good character and reputation, above-average academic ability and have an outgoing, pleasant personality. Moore said a passport, and possibly a visa, is required.
The Rotary has summer exchanges with 13 Northern Hemisphere countries, including Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, India, Turkey, Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Children of Rotarians are eligible, as well as children of non-Rotarian families. Interested students are asked to complete an initial application that can be obtained by calling Moore at (970) 674-9624. Moore also is available to answer questions about the program.
Moore said that once the student’s application is received, an in-home interview will be scheduled. One local student will be chosen to be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Windsor.