Soldotna Rotary is looking for students in either their sophomore or junior year of high school that are looking for an adventure! We are actively seeking open-minded, flexible students who demonstrate leadership qualities to receive scholarships for study for a year in a foreign country. Applicants must have high moral standards that will enable them to become excellent cultural ambassadors for their country and the Rotary club and district that supports them. District 5010 Rotary Youth Exchange provides students ages 15 to 17 with an opportunity to travel to a foreign country and experience the culture while serving as an ambassador for their home country.
We are also looking for interested families willing to open their home to an incoming student from another country. 

Hosting a student can be an extremely rewarding experience for everyone in the family, yet it is a role that requires a lot of responsibility. The hosting period is typically 3 - 4 months.

Host families are to meet the following expectations:

  • Before the student arrives establish communication with the student.
  • Understand the program rules the student must follow.
  • Know how to contact key Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange in case of an emergency.
  • During the exchange provide a safe and welcoming environment for trust and friendship to develop between the student and your family.
  • Support and make the student feel like a part of the family, with the same privileges and obligations.

outh Exchange is a live-in experience not a travel vacation. The room and board, school tuition and support of Rotary Clubs in foreign countries has a scholarship value of almost $25,000!

For over 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.

Explore the opportunities to study abroad by checking out our Outbound Program.

Rotary Clubs are interested in hearing about potential Host Family‚Äôs at any time of the year. Hosting starts with an APPLICATION.

For more information contact your local Rotary Club.

Some of the general requirements for completing the application are outlined below:

  • Photos of your home, student's bedroom and bath, etc.
  • Background Checks for all family members living in the household 18 years of age and over
  • Youth Protection Awareness online training
  • References
  • A home visit by a local Rotarian and Orientation with the Rotary Youth Exchange program.