Rotary District 7210 Youth Exchange (YEX) Program …help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.

Rotary District 7210 Youth Exchange  (YEX) Program


Inbound Rotary YEX Student with Flags at 2012 District Conference

Inbound Rotary YEX Student with Flags at 2012 District Conference

“It was the biggest decision I took when I decided to leave my country and live in another one during a year. I know during this adventure I grew up. Now I think I’m ready to work harder, because I know what I want in my future. I had such good times, I will never forget this year.”   …Inès Graslin, Inbound YEX Student from France to New Paltz

“It was a great learning experience for the entire family. Hosting an exchange student gives you a look in to another culture. It especially opened my kids’ eyes as to how easy they have it here in America – and we know we now have ‘family’ in Belgium and we can’t wait to visit them.”   …Deb Breen, Host Family, Rhinebeck

“Being a Rotary Youth Exchange Officer over the past 15 years has given me the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of a number of young people from around the world. It has further enabled me to have a better understanding of different cultures. My involvement in this program has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life. Many of the students whom I have met through the program will be lifelong friends.”   …Glenn Goldstein, Youth Exchange Officer, Red Hook

“I am so grateful for the opportunity I got to study abroad with Rotary Youth Exchange. France and the people I met there taught me to enjoy life, to be adaptable, and to revel in learning, not for a grade, but just for the sake of knowledge. Using that knowledge to bridge cultural divides led me to make true friends that I visit and am still in touch with today.”    …Gracie Howland, Outbound YEX Student from Millbrook to France