Rotary believes that cultivating empathy and understanding is an effective way to build bridges among nations and cross cultural, racial, and religious divides. With this goal in mind, we have been organising live-in experiences across the globe for the past sixty-plus years.
Our Youth Exchange Programme gives students, parents, and host families the opportunity to broaden their cultural horizons. Students get the opportunity to live in another country for either six weeks or a full academic year. Parents present their children with the experience of a life time. Host families care for and learn from foreign students from all over the world.
The programme aims to assist Southern African teenagers to become citizens of the world, to promote self-development and to foster international relations and goodwill.