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Youth Exchange

International Youth Exchange District Chair: Rachel Moses, Cookeville Breakfast (4) 


2017-18 Youth Exchange Students

Our 2017-18 YE Students will be representing Tennessee and the USA from ten different countries: France, Brazil, Japan, Thailand, Peru, Croatia, South Korea, Taiwan, Spain,         and Germany.




2016-2017 Youth Exchange Students


Our 2016-17 exchange students will be representing Tennessee and the USA in 8 different countries: Czech Republic, France, Brazil, Japan, Austria, Thailand, and Germany.

2015-2016 Students

2015-2016 Youth Exchange Students


Rotary Youth Exchange students spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country

  ... making a difference!

For more than 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and over 8,000 students each year participate in the program, which is administered at the regional level by Rotary districts and at the local level by Rotary clubs.

Youth Exchange is a Rotary-sponsored program that provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures through long-term exchanges of an academic year or short-term exchanges of up to three months.

High school students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 are eligible to participate. The student must not turn 18 before March 1, 2018.

These exchanges plant the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding. Exchange students are ambassadors of the Rotary clubs that sponsor them and of their country. Rotary clubs and communities benefit by having students from another country in the community for an extended period of time. Rotary is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in its programs, including Youth Exchange.

Rotary's fees are much more affordable than any other exchange program. The costs include:
$1,000 fee to cover expenses associated with your exchange
$761 insurance (cost varies year to year but this was the cost for 2013-14)
$1200 - $2800 open ended round trip plane ticket and visa

A $500 deposit is due at the time of your interview with the balance of the fee due by April 1. The insurance and flight payments are due a few weeks before you leave the country. Most students leave in August and return home in June.

Go to if you are interested in becoming an outbound exchange student. The deadline for outbound applications is November 1, 2016 for students wanting to go abroad during the 2017-2018 school year. Interviews for potential outbounds will be on December 14, 2016 and the place has yet to be determined. The location is usually Crossville or Knoxville.

2016-17 Outbound Students


2015-2016 Outbound Students


Inbound Students for 2016-17

Name Country Host Club
Catarina Miguel Brazil Cleveland
Francesco Conti Italy Cookeville Breakfast
Pauline Breitenbuch Germany Cookeville
Camille Gillino France Crossville
Fang Yi "Franny" Lin Taiwan Fairfield Glade
Daniela Blomqvist Finland Farragut
Charlotte Clerckx Belgium Livingston
Amadou Mbaye France Oak Ridge


Outbound Students for 2016-17

Name Country Sponsoring Club
Keita Fowler Japan Mt. Juliet Noon
Grace Braswell France Mt. Juliet Breakfast
Maddilyn Arms Brazil Cookeville
Aza Morrison Croatia Crossville
Alex Kail Germany Farragut
Julia Kestner Thailand Farragut
Willow Gernaat Czech Republic Tullahoma
Emma Fairchild Austria Chattanooga Breakfast

Interviews: Place TBD                     December 14, 2016
1st Orientation: Asheville, NC          March or April
2nd Orientation: Westerville, OH      July 11 - 13, 2017

Outbound students are hosted by Rotary Clubs in countries around the world. Our students live with Rotary selected families for 11 months and attend high school in their adopted communities.

Short Term Program

Your son or daughter will be hosted by his/her matched family in another country for 4 weeks during the summer. Your family will reciprocate by hosting your matched international student for a similar period. For more information, go to The cost for this program is a $500 fee plus the cost of the airfare. There is not an insurance requirement.


International Youth Exchange Committee Members 2017-18

Rachel Moses Chair (4)
Rick Woods Immediate Past Chair
Bill Nichols Outbound Chair
Frank Hughes Member
Jerry Wear, PDG Member
Jan Melcher Member
Linda Wear Member
Scot Shanks Treasurer
Alan Clark, AG  Member
Kay Grove    Member
McKinley Tabor  Inbound Chair
Betty Vickers Short Term Program Chair
John Downs Member


Schedule for Inbound Youth Exchange Students

DATE: August 26-28, 2016 (REQUIRED)
EVENT: Orientation
LOCATION: Cumberland Mountain State Park - Crossville, TN
ACTIVITY: Identify support system and expectations.
Provide Student Protection Materials
Identify future events and trips (schedule)                                                  Picnic Sunday August 28th for Host families, Counselors, YEO's

DATE: September 24, 2016  (REQUIRED)
LOCATION: 1084 Camp Nakanawa Road, Crossville, TN 38571-2146
ACTIVITY: Activities include motivational speakers and leadership skills development
exercises lead by ADVENTUREWORKS. A variety of enlightening and fun exercises, including the climbing wall, the giant swing, a zip line and low rope activities. 
Ask your counselor about RYLA!

DATE: October

EVENT: Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Multi District Fall Meeting

LOCATION: Charlotte, NC  

Activity: Not a weekend for students. Committee members and interested Rotarians are invited to attend. Chair, Inbound Chair, Outbound Chair, and STEP Chair strongly encouraged to go. Registration information will be available at:

DATE: October 8th, 2016                                                                          EVENT: PETS ORIENTATION                                                                LOCATION: Crossville, Stone Memorial High School  

DATE: November 1st, 2016  APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR 2017-2018 OUTBOUNDS  Applications can be filed online at:


DATE: November 5th, 2016
EVENT: University of Tennessee football game
LOCATION: Knoxville, TN
ACTIVITY: Meet with Rotarians from the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club for fun and a game.
Arrive Friday night in Knoxville. Attend the UT football game and dinner...spending the night with a weekend Host Family. Depart Saturday evening for home.
Coordinator: Frank Hughes, Jan Melcher, Tim Spires, and PDG Beth Stubbs

DATE: December 2-4, 2016
EVENT: Jabez weekend
LOCATION: 4H Camp - Jabez KY
ACTIVITY: Experience the solitude and excitement with thirty plus exchange students
Bonding with students from other countries and Rotary Districts
Participate in a talent show (bring instruments and/or music)
Coordinator: Frank Hughes, John Downs, McKinley Tabor, and Bill Nichols, but all invited to attend.

DATE: Interviews for 2017-2018 Outbound Applicants. Committee Member Coordinator: Bill Nichols
DATE: January 2017
EVENT: Winter Social/ Ski Weekend
LOCATION: Blowing Rock, NC
ACTIVITY: Fun weekend for 6780 youth exchange students
Coordinator: Rick Woods and McKinley Tabor

DATE: February 2017. NAYEN Conference, Cincinnati, OH.  Not a weekend for students. District Committee will pay for registration for 10 Committee Members to attend. Contact Rachel Moses if interested. See for more information.
DATE: March 3-5, 2017  (REQUIRED)
EVENT: Interact Conference
LOCATION: Pigeon Forge, TN
ACTIVITY: Opportunity to mix and meet 400 or more students from this District Experience cultural differences within a 100-mile radius
Coordinators: PDG Jerry Wear, Betty Vickers, Tim Spires, Frank Hughes, and Jan Melcher

DATE: March 10-19, 2017
EVENT: Eastern Adventure  Optional trip for students. Applications and payment should be submitted by Jan 1st. Rachel Moses, coordinator
LOCATION: East coast of the USA
Check (Ohio-Erie sponsored trip)

DATE: March 2017 Orientation for 2017-2018 Outbound Students in Ashville, NC. Coordinator: Bill Nichols

DATE: March/April                                                                                    EVENT: Visit to Nashville to TN General Assembly

DATE: April 2017 District Only Orientation for 2017-2018 Outbound Students, Knoxville, TN. Coordinator:  Bill Nichols
DATE: April 21-22, 2017
EVENT: District Conference
LOCATION: Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, Chattanooga, TN
ACTIVITY: Participate in conference activities.
Coordinator: Scot Shanks, John Downs, PDG Jerry Wear, Betty Vickers, and Rachel Moses
DATE: May/June TBD
EVENT: Last Get Together
ACTIVITY: Just a last time together, MANDATORY for students.
Coordinator: John Downs
DATE: June 14-28, 2017
EVENT: Western Trip (optional trip for students)
ACTIVITY: Fly to central location and bus to the west coast and enjoy a Journey through the American West from California to the Great Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon Check (Ohio-Erie sponsored trip) Applications and payment should be submitted by March 1st, 2016. Coordinator: Rachel Moses will help organize travel to Nashville to catch flights 


The 2015-16 students at the District Conference in Pigeon Forge, April 2016.

Knoxville Breakfast club treated the students to a UT game, November 2015.

The students on the Winter Social Ski Trip, January 2016