International Rotary Youth Exchange Program sponsored by Rotary Club of Truckee and Truckee Sunrise Rotary seeks applicants | SierraSun.com

International Rotary Youth Exchange Program sponsored by Rotary Club of Truckee and Truckee Sunrise Rotary seeks applicants

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Local high school students with a passion for travel and excellent scholastic record are needed for the Rotary Club of Truckee’s Youth Exchange Program. Two responsible and active local students will receive the opportunity to live with a host family and study in a foreign country for a year. This is the chance to continue high school courses while learning a new language and culture. All costs (except airfare and insurance) will be paid for by Rotary.

Applicants must be high school students between the ages of 15 and a half and 18 and a half by the departure date of August 2011. Students will be chosen based upon their scholastic record, linguistic ability, community involvement, potential as a cultural ambassador and age.

Although the host country assignments depend on which countries chose to participate in the program, past exchange countries include Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. The chosen Rotary Youth Exchange students will spend up to a year with their host family.

Not only is this an excellent opportunity to learn about another culture, it is also the chance to serve as an ambassador of Truckee, creating new connections and sharing your own lifestyle and ideas. One of the main purposes of the international Rotary Youth Exchange program is to promote a better inter-cultural understanding in the world.

Contact Leisa Peterson at leisa.peterson@wellsfargo.com or go by the High School Student Assistance Center at Truckee High School to obtain application forms for this program. More information is available at http://www.rye5190.org.

The Rotary Club of Truckee was chartered on Feb. 14, 1978 and has a membership of nearly 100 active members who share a compelling sense of duty to their community. The club supports local organizations and returns more than $80,000 annually to the community through grants, services, events and special funding. For more information visit http://www.truckeerotary.com.

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The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered on May 18, 1993 to provide voluntary service and financial support to the youth, economically disadvantaged and elderly in local, national, and international communities. They are a service club of active professionals dedicated to helping people in need. For more information visit http://www.truckeesunriserotary.org.