A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local students to see the world

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Are you a high school student, or know a student, who loves to travel, enjoys experiencing new things, and would make be a great ambassador for Sault Ste. Marie and Canada? The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a scholarship program that provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study abroad for a year.  Exchange students become global citizens by developing lifelong leadership skills, learning new languages and customs, and building lasting friendships with other young people from around the world.

An information session for potential candidates, parents, and guardians will be held in the Plummer Room at City Hall on Wednesday, September 25th and 6:00pm. Attendees will hear from past exchange students and parents, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program.

Tayte Nowak knew her life was going to change as soon as the she decided to go on exchange, and she’s happy she did, “After a yearlong process of preparing for the unknown, I set out on an adventure I never thought I would have been able to do. Being thrown into something so new was exhilarating.”

“I made so many friends who I will never forget and who will always be there for me. I am also happy to say I have two other families in Colombia, who I know cared for me and would never let anything happen to me,” shared Tatye, who studied abroad in 2017/2018, “Exchange simply changed who I was and I will never forget my year in Colombia. I know I am always welcome back and it is my second home.”

The Study Abroad Scholarship includes hosting by a foreign Rotary Club, primary tuition and placement in school, homestay accommodation including meals with your host family, 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance throughout the program, and in-country orientations.

This year’s deadline for preliminary applications is Wednesday, October 2nd. Applicants must have been born on or after February 1st, 2002, and on or before February 1st, 2005, and have a minimum 2.75GPA (roughly 75% average) based on transcripts from their last two years of school. Students that are accepted into the program will attend four District sponsored week-end conferences to prepare them for their year abroad. “Outbound” students will depart for their assigned country in either July or August of 2020 for approximately eleven months.

For more information and to apply online, visit: www.RotarySault.com/Exchange.