Youth ExChange
2009 July E-nEWSLETTER
Vol. 2, Ed. 5
Exchange student in training

A useful requirement for your outbound students

District 5020 (British Columbia, Canada; Washington, USA) recently shared one of its requirements for outbound students with Youth Exchange staff. The district asks all outbound students to complete an extensive research paper on their host country before departure. Below is an excerpt from the research paper outline provided to the students. For a copy of the full outline, please visit the following link.  
  1. Geography 地理
    • What are some of your host country's defining geographical features?
    • What is the capital city, and why is it located where it is?
    • What countries border your host country?
    • What were your host country's original boundaries? How have they changed over time? For what reasons?

    • 接待國原本的國界為何?原本的國界如何隨著時間轉變?且基於何種理由?
  2.    History 歷史
    • What is the early history of your host country?
    • What have been the patterns of immigration into your host country ?
    • Have there been any civil wars in your country? Are there lingering effects?
    • What was your host country's involvement in any other major world conflicts?

    • 接待國曾涉及哪些重大世界紛爭?
  3. Economy 經濟
    • What is the economy based on? What are some of the biggest/most important imports and exports?
    • What products are traded between your host country and your home country?
    • What products/services is your host region famous for?
    • What is the per capita income? The gross national product (GNP)? What is the unemployment rate? When and how do people retire?

    • 接待國的每人平均所得為多少?國民生產毛額為多少?失業率多少?國民何時退休?退休制度為何?
  4. Educational system 教育制度
    • How is the educational system organized?
    • What do you see as the biggest differences between your educational systems, especially as they relate to high school and college?
    • What are the requirements to graduate from high school?
    • What are the relationships like between teachers/students/students' families? Can you be friends or friendly with your teachers, or is it a more formal connection?

    • 教師/學生/家長之間的關係如何?師生之間是否宛如朋友或較為友善?或者是師生關係較為正式?
  5. Food 飲食
    • What are some of the foods that your host country is famous for?
    • What are some dishes that are indigenous? What are some regional differences in food in your host country?
    • What new fruits and vegetables will you get the opportunity to taste?
    • What spices are used in cooking? 

    • 烹調時使用何種香料?
  6. Rotary 扶輪社
    • What is the history of Rotary in your host country?
    • What is the history of your host club? How long has it been involved in Youth Exchange?
    • How many members are in your host Rotary club? How many of them are women?
    • Where do they meet? What time of day?
    • What local projects is your host club involved with? What international projects? Does it have a big fundraiser that you can help with? 

    • 接待社參與哪些地方性計畫?哪些國際性計畫?是否有你能幫忙的大型募款活動?
Ask a Youth Exchange officer
What tips can you give a new Youth Exchange officer on outbound student recruitment and orientation? 

Albertine Perre, governor of District 1570 (The Netherlands) and 2008-09 multidistrict orientation coordinator, replies:
荷蘭第1570扶輪地區總監暨2008-09年多地區說明會協調人Albertine Perre的答覆如下

After receiving the application forms, all applicants in the multidistrict are invited to attend a screening day. All students need to be proficient in the English language and in good physical health. Our exchange program is intensive, introducing students to many new ideas, different cuisines, and climate changes.
Students are asked to discuss their goals and expectations for the program with the Youth Exchange officers, who spend time covering specific elements of the exchange year. The interview focuses on the following criteria, which the student is graded on:
Motivation. Students need to be motivated and have a realistic perception of the Youth Exchange program. They also need to be aware of our expectations along with their own future goals and expectations.
Support. Students need to have their families' support before participating in the program to minimize the chances of becoming homesick. It is important to be realistic, however, so emphasis is placed on how to handle homesickness. It is also important to highlight school and host-club attendance to fill their surroundings with familiar faces.
Drugs and alcohol. Students need to understand the zero-tolerance rule regarding drugs and alcohol. Smoking is rarely accepted. When a student shows interest in experimenting with drugs or alcohol, that is an immediate strike toward their application.
Assertiveness. A student needs to be able to come up with creative solutions to problems and execute them. During the interview, several fictitious situations are described. In some scenarios, a student needs to know when to ask for help.
Extracurricular activities and social engagements. Applicants need to be aware of their surrounding social environment, show some interest in volunteering, and demonstrate proactive steps to further their ideology.
Social skills. Good communication, including social and presentation skills, is important. Adaptability is also a critical skill that is needed during an exchange year.

Culture and tradition. It is essential that a student has an interest in and respect for other cultures and traditions. It is critical that students understand that during the exchange, they will be asked to accept and obey rules set by their host family, even if they're much different from their home situation.
Knowledge. Students need to have a general knowledge of their own country's culture, geography, history, art, and political background. This will give them the confidence they need to be good ambassadors while they are abroad.

After the initial interview, selected students are asked to return for an additional meeting, organized by Youth Exchange officers and former exchange students, to receive extensive information on how to handle a case of abuse or harassment. Additionally, topics pertaining to culture shock, daily issues, and homesickness are covered. Traditionally, parents are always included in these information sessions. 

Making dreams real:

Youth Exchange students work to eliminate child mortality and promote literacy 

The close of a Rotary year can be a time for reflection. With that in mind, the Youth Exchange team would like to share with you a shining example of two former exchange students who have heeded the call of Past RI President Dong Kurn Lee to Make Dreams Real in 2008-09. The following story was written by journalist Jamilyn Mohr, the daughter of Terry Mohr, of the Rotary Club of North Clackamas Sunrise, Oregon, USA. 
扶輪年度結束之際,正是進行省思的適當時機。青少年交換計畫小組謹記此點之下,欲與各位分享兩名前任交換學生的出色實例,他們留意到前任國際扶輪社長李東建於2008-09登高一呼提出的扶輪主題:「讓夢想成真」。下面的故事是美國俄勒岡州北克雷克瑪斯區日升市的扶輪社記者Jamilyn Mohr(Terry Mohr的女兒)所寫。

A few miles outside of Naga City in the northeastern Philippines, down narrow one-lane roads and sprawling rice fields, lies a tiny, one-room building. This structure, hardly large or sanitary enough for one person to live comfortably, is home to eight: a father, mother, and six sons. Both parents work at manual jobs every day while their sons attend a public school. Despite their long hours, the family brings home less than the equivalent of US$3 a day. This pays for their daily food, which is always rice. All of the children are sickly thin, constantly on the verge of starvation.
The youngest boy, Christian, reached the point of starvation at six months of age. His parents dropped him off at a local orphanage, and he was immediately taken to the hospital. Christian is not the only child who lives at the orphanage despite having a family to go home to. In fact, nearly all of the children are there for the same reasons as Christian.
While the orphanage is the best alternative to living at home for many of its residents, it is not a suitable place for children to grow up healthy and well adjusted. The orphanage lacks the funding and caretakers to give Christian and the 32 other children what they require, either physically or emotionally. This leaves the orphanage relying heavily on volunteers to keep it running. 
Lorenzo Rosales, a respected pediatrician and member of the Rotary Club of Naga East, Camarines Sur, volunteers at the orphanage. During one of his weekly club meetings, he met Rotary Youth Exchange students Josh Babcock, 19, and Lisl Stadler, 17, both from Washington, USA. After hearing that Stadler wanted to assume a more humanitarian focus during her time in the Philippines, Rosales took her and Babcock to the orphanage. The children they met and the conditions they saw left lasting impressions, driving them to volunteer often. With the orphanage so limited in staff, supplies, and care, Stadler and Babcock knew that the children could use their help, no matter how small the resulting change. They spent every spare moment they had with the children, doing anything that required doing, but they knew that the children needed more than what they alone could offer. 
Lorenzo Rosales是受人敬重的小兒科醫師,亦是南甘馬鄰省(Camarines Sur)東納嘉扶輪社員,他在孤兒院擔任志工。他有次在每週舉行的扶輪會議中,遇到了扶輪青少年交換學生:十九歲的Josh Babcock與十七歲的Lisl Stadler,兩人來自美國華盛頓州。Rosales聽到Stadler希望在菲律賓的交換學生期間,能夠更投入人道關懷活動後,遂帶著兩名學生到孤兒院。學生們遇到的院童及親眼所見的情形,讓他們留下難以磨滅的印象,促使他們經常前往擔任志工。由於孤兒院人手、補給品與醫療照護皆不足,兩人深知院童用得到自己給予的協助,無論其帶來的改變是多麼微小亦然。他們於是將所有空閒時間用來與院童相處,著手院方請他們協助的事,不過,他們知道院童需要的遠較兩人給予的還要多。
Since the end of their exchanges in May 2008, Stadler and Babcock have been able to collect some monetary contributions from people in the United States. The knowledge of the overwhelming need for help has driven them to set up a nonprofit organization to multiply their efforts and continue benefiting underprivileged children throughout the region. 
The Bicol Change Education Foundation works to raise money not only to feed and clothe the children but also to send them to school, which will give them the education needed to expose them to greater opportunities. Funds also go toward the education of the staff running the orphanage in health, development, and child care. Stadler and Babcock hope Rotary clubs will support their efforts, pay attention to their cause and, if possible, take on the foundation as a project and assist in fundraising. 
改變比科爾區教育基金會(Bicol Change Education Foundation)從事的募款活動,不僅為了提供兒童衣食,還用來讓兒童就學受教,如此才能讓兒童獲得所需教育,進而獲得更龐大的機會。募款亦用來教導孤兒院員工健康、發展與兒童照護課程。StadlerBabcock希望扶輪社能支援其活動,留意到其活動原因,如果可能,則將該基金會評為專案計畫以協助募款。

August is Membership
In anticipation of next month's focus on membership, we encourage Youth Exchange officers to promote the program by sharing with fellow Rotarians the importance of membership development and how it relates to Youth Exchange. This connection is particularly important given this year's theme of The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands. The theme presents a perfect opportunity for district Youth Exchange officers to share the value of Rotary with a new generation. As RI President John Kenny has said, "It is our responsibility, yours and mine, to forge solid links to Rotary's future." Youth Exchange plays a vital role in developing that link.
我們預期下個月的重點將放在吸收社員上,於是鼓勵青少年交換委員,與社員分享開發社員的重要性,以及其與青少年交換計畫的關係,藉此推廣這項計畫。此關係對今年的扶輪主題「扶輪社的未來在各位之手」尤為重要。該主題對扶輪地區青少年交換委員而言,代表著完美的契機,得以與新進社員分享扶輪價值。如國際扶輪社長John Kenny表示:「打造與扶輪社未來之間的穩固聯繫,正是你我的責任。」青少年交換計畫在發展這項聯繫中,正扮演著關鍵角色。
To promote Youth Exchange, consider passing along the following article, which highlights how the Rotary Club of Kanagawa Shonan, Kanagawa, Japan, worked to welcome program alumni into Rotary
Young clubs welcome program alumni into Rotary
Rotary International News -- 28 May 2009 
國際扶輪新知 – 2009528

A five-year-old Japanese Rotary club is expanding its membership by recruiting Rotary Foundation and Rotary International program alumni.
The Rotary Club of Kanagawa Shonan, Kanagawa, which began as a gathering of young professionals, was chartered on 15 December 2004 with 23 former Ambassadorial Scholars, Group Study Exchange team members, and Rotary Youth Exchange students. The club now has a few members who have not participated in Rotary programs, but it continues to actively recruit alumni. Club leaders hope their example will inspire other young professionals to join Rotary.

The Kanagawa Shonan club is different from typical Rotary clubs. The average age of its members is 38, and the club dues of ?70,000 (US$740) are about a third of the dues for other Rotary clubs in Japan. Because many members speak English, they have been able to make contact with clubs outside of Japan and cooperate on World Community Service projects.
神奈川湘南扶輪社不同於一般的扶輪社。社員平均年齡為三十八歲,社費為日幣70,000 (US$740),約是日本其他扶輪社費的三分之一。許多社員的英語流利,所以能與日本國外的扶輪社聯絡,合作推動世界社會服務計畫。

The club's first Rotary Foundation Matching Grant project financed the digging of three wells and the repair of a fourth in 2007, helping 10,000 children in the Philippines gain access to clean water. During another international project, club members raised money for young survivors of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand by setting up a booth in their community to sell handkerchiefs that the children had painted.
On the Philippines water project, the Kanagawa Shonan club cooperated with two other alumni-formed clubs: the Rotary clubs of Colombo Reconnections, Western Province, Sri Lanka, and Mandaluyong-Pasig-San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines.

All three share another connection: Lina Aurelio, past governor of District 3800 (Philippines), helped charter the Philippine and Sri Lanka clubs in 2002, and met with Japanese Rotarians during the RI Convention in Osaka, Japan, in 2004. The Kanagawa Shonan club was chartered later that year. Aurelio maintained contact with all three clubs, linking them by e-mail.
A fourth alumni club, the Rotary Club of Osaka Next, Osaka, was formed in 2007. Another, the Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, Aichi, recently received its charter.
神奈川湘南扶輪社在菲律賓飲水計畫中,與另外兩家其他受獎人成立的扶輪社合作:一為斯里蘭卡西省的可倫波重敘(Colombo Reconnections)扶輪社,一為菲律賓馬尼拉市的馬達魯永-帕西格-杉黃(Mandaluyong-Pasig-San Juan)扶輪社。

Recruiting alumni has been an important focus of Rotary's membership development efforts. A 2006 report on alumni recruitment from the RI Membership Development Division found that 58 percent of clubs admit that they don't recruit alumni, and as few as 22 percent of clubs both recruit alumni and have alumni as members. Only about 3 percent of current Rotarians are program alumni.

The 2007 Council on Legislation adopted changes that made it easier for alumni to become Rotarians.
Adapted from an article in the English edition of The Rotary-No-Tomo, the certified Rotary regional magazine serving Japan.
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Upcoming Youth Exchange events
If you would like information on your national or international conference published in upcoming editions of this newsletter, please e-mail us at  
2009 Summer South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (SCRYE) Conference
17-19 July
Omaha, Nebraska
Contact: Don Peters,
57th EMMA Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland
4-6 September 2009
Australian Rotary Youth Exchange Chairs Conference
9-11 October
SurfAir Marcoola Beach Resort
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Contact: Neville Woodforth,
29th Annual Brazilian Youth Exchange Conference
19-22 November 2009
Serrano Resort Convention and Spa Hotel
Granado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Contact: Frederico Malab

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