Become a Rotary Youth Exchange Host Family
 
 
The fascination and rewards of temporarily adopting a son or daughter is a unique opportunity provided by local Rotary Clubs worldwide.
 
Students come to your community and enroll in the public high school for a full school year. During that time, they generally stay with two to three different families in the school district to give them a sense of the diversity of family life in the U.S. The average stay at each family is 3-4 months.
 
Some families may have children close to the age of the student, some may have older or younger children, others may be childless or empty nesters. Some families may be more interested in sports, others in culture. The only requirements are a separate bed for the student, open minds and big hearts.

By hosting a Youth Exchange student in your home, you’ll make a young person’s dream come true, and you and your family will share an unforgettable and fulfilling experience.
 
As a host family, you will:
 
  • Provide room and board
  • Supervise the student just as you would your own children
  • Involve the student in family activities and chores
  • Enrich the exchange experience by including the student in family, community, and cultural activities
Host parents are not responsible for clothing or incidental expenses. Clothing costs are covered by the student’s natural family, and each student receives a monthly allowance of US $100 from the local Rotary Club to cover incidental costs. 
 
Host families aren’t compensated financially, but may qualify for an IRS tax credit for each month they host a YEX student. The program is run entirely by dedicated volunteers; these volunteers — the Youth Exchange Committees of your local Rotary Club and District 7210 — are always available to provide guidance and assistance to Host Families as well as to the exchange students.