You have embarked upon a journey for 3 weeks to 3 months and undertaken a commitment that will change your life.
Our Mission is your journey
The short-term Rotary Youth Exchange program provides a special opportunity for you to get a taste of a new culture. You will learn a gain a sibling, discover different ways of doing things, and be exposed to new ways of learning. You will meet new lifelong friends from places you never knew existed.
Some Rotary Districts make all the contacts with both their counterpart Rotarians and the host family. Other Rotary Districts, make your placement with their counterpart Rotarian in your host country only. In either case they will then provide you with e-mail, skype, and phone information about the host family, and you and your parents then make contact directly with the family and start negotiating: who goes first, and which airlines to use, and just generally begin getting to know each other.
LET'S get started!
Passport: You must have a valid passport to travel internationally, and at least one of your legal guardians should have one as well. Don't have a passport? Apply NOW!
Legal Entry for Host Country: For most exchanges the "visa waiver" program will be all you need to enter your Host Country. Currently, in some cases, a "tourist visa" is required to enter. Such as: Brazil, India, and Australia.
Itinerary: To ensure a smooth exchange, IYWT will help you and your counterpart arrange flights.
Short-term Registration: Once communication between you and your host family has been established, you and your counterpart have obtained passports to travel, a window of ideal travel dates along with departure and arrival airports -- then you may complete the "Short-term Application" form.
Don't worry! It's Your World - Travel! agents will coach you through the preparations of all these things , step-by-step. We will nag you to get things done; we will give you advice about safe travel; and we will alert you to any changes and challenges we learn about during your time abroad.