The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
Rotary International's Eastern States Student EXchange Program (ESSEX) organizes all Rotary student year abroad youth study exchanges for 31 Rotary International districts which span 16 states in the eastern United States, Bermuda and Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada. Exchange students study in a foreign high school, experience a foreign culture, live with one or more host families, learn a new language and have the opportunity to travel.
Additional information on Rotary International's Youth Exchange program is also available from the RI web site.
ESSEX in 2009 created standardized forms for use by all member Rotary Districts with Youth Exchange Programs to facilitate member Districts’ compliance with the United States Department of State (DoS), Council for Student International Education Travel (CSIET) and Rotary International regulations. Each Rotary Club in District 7390 that hosts an Inbound Student or Sponsors an Outbound Student will receive a binder/folder prior to the exchange for each of the club’s Exchange Student for use by the Club YEO. The binder/folder will include all of the required forms that need to be completed or gathered. As the Rotary Club YEO /Volunteer completes and or/acquires the required forms it is imperative that copies be forwarded to the District 7390 office as the District must maintain records on all exchange students for three (3) years and retain files for ten (10) years for an exchange student where there was an infraction of the Student Protection Policy.
If you have any questions regarding specific information on Long Term Outbound Program contact Eileen Felix at firstname.lastname@example.org, or for Long Term Inbound Program contact Steve Feinour at email@example.com, or for Short Term Exchange Program contact Shelley Cohen Hershey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Spotts at email@example.com.
ESSEX tri-fold brochures to recruit Outbound students can be ordered by e-mailing the District Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is 25 cents per brochure plus shipping charges of $3.00 for every 50 brochures ordered. Make check payable to Rotary District 7390 Youth Exchange Program and mail to Rotary District 7390, 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401-2723.
Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians, Rotarians’ spouses, partners, and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of and to prevent the physical, sexual, or emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact. The phone numbers and email addresses are listed below for host families, exchange students and the public to report circumstances impacting a student’s health, safety and well being during the exchange student’s exchange visitor program.
- District 7390 Governor - Dennis Zubler, 717-805-9352, email@example.com
- District 7390 Governor Elect - Hector Ortiz, 717-608-0444, firstname.lastname@example.org
- District Governor Nominee - John Judson, 717-877-0871, email@example.com
- District 7390 Student Protection Officer - Dr. Susan Kegerise, (W)717-657-5100, firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 7930 Youth Exchange Chair - Linda Spotts, (W)717-920-5250, (H)717-652-7548, email@example.com
- ESSEX Student Protection Officer - Ron Smith, (H) 610-277-7553, (C)215-896-6870, firstname.lastname@example.org
- US Department of State - 1-866-283-9090 or email@example.com