Rotary Youth Exchange is one of Rotary's oldest international programs and is a key component of Rotary's New Generations and Peace initiatives.  
Scholarship recipients spend one full school year attending high school in another country.  The friendships, perspectives, and languages gained in that school year are critical to each student's individual growth and to our global capacity for communication, tolerance, and understanding.
RYE D6840 offers long-term exchanges (one academic year) to students in Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. This program gives students the opportunity to spend one year of high school abroad, staying with two host families and immersing themselves in a new culture.
Spend a Whole Year Abroad! 
District 6840 Rotary Youth Exchange offers international abroad opportunities for students who meet our requirements. You can choose to participate in the program either during your high school years or in a gap year following high school. You will live with more than one family in the host country and are required to attend school there. Students will depart from LA/MS in August or early September and return home by the end of July the following year.
  • Program Objectives
  1. To further international understanding and goodwill.
  2. Learn and adapt to another culture, while sharing your own.
Scholarship recipients will depart in August 2025 and return home in June-July 2026.  Students will live with families selected, vetted, and trained by Rotary Youth Exchange in the sponsoring Rotary Club.
Application deadline for the 2025-2026 school year is MONDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2024; the application is found by clicking HERE: 

More information can be found on this site, but if your questions are not answered here, please send an e-mail to:
D6840 Youth Exchange Officer - Dan Willeman at