What is Rotary Youth Exchange?

Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a unique opportunity for young people between 16-19 years old to experience a different country as a ‘local’. For a year, you can be immersed in a new culture, make new friends, study in a different way and build your knowledge, understanding and confidence. All this in the safe environment created by an internationally recognised programme.

Not only will you, as the exchange student, benefit, but parents, host families and clubs all gain. Whether you want to be an exchange student, host a student, or just help and support us, see the links below to learn more.


What is Rotary Youth Leadership awards?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 2019 is Rotary’s leadership training programme for young people and is designed for young adults who want to develop their leadership ability and who express a commitment to community service. This live-in experience enables participants to develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship by discovering their potential and developing the skills needed to be a leader in their community, career, and everyday life. The program is run at the Rotary District level; Clubs select, nominate and sponsor young men and women (who have left school) between the ages of 18 to 25 inclusive. The RYLA mission is…

“To provide an effective training experience that will enable selected young leaders to fulfill their potential and better serve their community, country and place of work”.

RYLA 2019 Objectives

  • To demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for young people and to expose them to the Rotary model of service to the community
  • To bring together young people aged 18-25 from varied backgrounds who aspire to leadership and who will benefit from the programme of seminars, discussions, activities and interactions during the 6-day course
  • To provide information, instructions and experiences on a wide range of subjects of interest and benefit to the participants, utilizing appropriate industry and community leaders and experts as presenters
  • To equip, instruct and encourage promising young people from differing backgrounds to better serve their communities
  • To encourage leadership of young people by young people
  • To recognize young people who are providing service to their communities
  • To provide participants with a stimulating and fun experience they will not forget and that will benefit them well into the future!