Short Term/Summer Exchange
Ready For The Summer Of Your Life?
The Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP) is a short-term summer exchange between families. STEP presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to briefly live in a different country. The STEP program is a family-to-family multi-week exchange program typically conducted during the summer months .
Typically, San Diego based students will first travel to the foreign student’s home and spend 3-6 weeks there, followed by the foreign student coming to the San Diego student’s home for 3-6 weeks.
While Rotary facilitates the match, most of the logistics, including travel dates and flight arrangements, are handled by the families. The San Diego family must agree to host the foreign student, or identify a suitable host family. Host families must complete a host family application, with all adults (18 years and older) must clear a background check and complete training requirements to ensure compliance with Rotary protection requirements.
The program needs students and parents as a team who are committed to spending the Summer with their exchange experience.
Travel arrangements for Short Term Exchange are the sole responsibility of the families and students involved. It is recommended that the travel arrangement should be made through an experienced Travel Agency such as Tzell Travel (https://tzellyouthexchange.com), which specialized in youth exchange travel arrangements.
If accepted to the program, the cost is $300 deposit which includes the cost of travel insurance and orientation. This program is fully funded by the students and their parents. We estimate costs of approximately $2,000 USD to take part in the program.
If you are accepted, you will be asked to select the countries that you might like to exchange with. Below is a sample of the countries we have established exchanges with:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic/ Slovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, So. Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan ( countries subject to change).
Interested In Applying?
To apply, start by submitting the preliminary application form available on the Contact Us page (see button below). You will be put in contact with your local Rotary club who will help guide you through the application and interview process. If selected to participate you will then complete the remainder of the specialized STEP application.