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Youth Exchange & NGSE Programmes


Youth Exchange and NGSE

152 Youth ExchangeEach year worldwide over 7000 young people take part in one of the Rotary Youth Exchange or NGSE programmes.

The ever popular Camps and Tours programme gives young people between the ages of 15 to 25 years the opportunity to join an international group typically between 8 and 20 in number with usually only one participant from each country. Each camp or tour has a theme which may be cultural, vocational or related to a sport or other activity.  View the Camps and Tours available for summer 2014 here

The short term, family to family, programme, known as STEP, enables 15 to 19 year olds to spend 3 to 4 weeks, usually during the summer months, living with a family in another country and being treated as a son or daughter. After the first leg the two exchange partners travel together to the other partner’s country for another 3 to 4 week period. More details of the programme can be found here.

The long term programme, or LTEP, is aimed at the 15 to 18 year old age range and enables a young person between these ages to study in a high school in another country for an academic year, to learn a new culture, probably a new language and a great deal about themselves. Unfortunately due to UK immigration rules this programme is currently restricted to European Union countries only. More details here.

The NGSE programme is a international vocational placement (or internship) or a programme of volunteering and aimed specifically at the 18 to 30 year old age range. It can be from 3 weeks to 3 months, can be individual or group and can take place at any time to suit the individual/s concerned. More details here.

Young people participating in Rotary’s Youth Exchange and NGSE programmes are ambassadors, teaching people they meet about their country, culture, and ideas. They help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process.