Rotary Foundation Month
To celebrate Rotary Foundation Month
in November, Youth Exchange officers are encouraged to promote the Foundation’s programs among fellow Rotarians and Youth Exchange students and
to strengthen the overall ties within the family of Rotary.
The Foundation offers humanitarian grants and educational programs,
including Ambassadorial Scholarships and Rotary Peace Fellowships, to further its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Learn more about the Foundation’s programs and the impact they had
on one Foundation alumna: Rotaractor Andrea Tirone.
Andrea Tirone of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has also participated in her
district's RYLA and is a former Ambassadorial Scholar. She plans on becoming a
Rotarian after Rotaract. Photo by Xavier Vahed photography
Youth programs pave the way into Rotary青少年計畫奠定了邁向扶輪之路
By Ryan Hyland
Rotary International News -- 30 September 2010
國際扶輪快訊 – 2010年9月30日
Rotary youth programs have prepared
Andrea Tirone well. 扶輪青少年計畫讓Andrea
As a current
Rotaractor, a past participant in her district's
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards(RYLA) program, and a former
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, she is hoping her experiences serve
as a springboard into Rotary.
"In Rotary, I will have a variety of
service possibilities available to me, locally and internationally," Tirone
says. "There is so much diversity in the work Rotary does. It can give you
exposure to so many different areas, and help you find what your interests
Tirone was introduced to Rotary during the District 7070
(Ontario, Canada) RYLA in 2004. She describes it as one of the best weeks of her
life, and says she was impressed by the planning that went into it.
"Learning about each other through different workshops and
activities, I formed these incredible, lifelong bonds," she says. "I thought to
myself, if Rotary can put on such an amazing week, then imagine what it would be
like to be part of the whole organization."
When she enrolled at the University
of Toronto in the fall of 2004, she sought out its Rotaract club and joined,
becoming club president in 2005-06. Her club volunteered in the community but
focused much of its time and resources on raising funds for a literacy project
in India, working with a sister club and Rotarians to help implement the effort.
"Being involved with Rotaract opened my eyes to the ability to
connect with Rotaractors all over the world," says Tirone. "Finding out that
Rotary has very strong ties to the rest of the world was very appealing."
In 2008, Tirone became an
Ambassadorial Scholar, majoring in political science at the University of
KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. During that time, her host Rotary club
helped establish the Rotaract Club of Durban Berea.
As an honorary member of the Durban
Berea club, she embarked on an international project with 19 other club members,
raising US$2,000 to help renovate a school in Ponta do Ouro, Mozambique. The
Rotaractors spent a week cleaning and painting classrooms and installing a
Tirone says she plans on becoming a
Rotarian but wants to stay in Rotaract as long as possible.
"Rotary for me is for life, so I want
to be able to experience as much of Rotaract as I can," she says. "Because of
it, I have friends all over the world."
Tirone says Rotaract is good for
"When it comes to encouraging new
members or bringing in new and innovative ideas, Rotary can always rely on
Rotaractors to be the people who bring those types of ideas to clubs."
Homesickness: The second wave of culture shock
Rotary Youth Exchange
students who departed in August are approaching their fourth month of exchange. While most are adapting to their new surroundings, some may be
experiencing the effects of delayed homesickness, commonly known as the “second wave” of culture shock. Contributing factors can include
difficulties learning the new language, challenges fitting in at school or in the community, and problems connecting with their host family.
Psychologist and former Youth
Exchange Committee Chair Dennis White, of the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA, helps students, parents, host families, and Youth Exchange officers identify the symptoms and find
ways to cope. Read his article and find more information about culture shock at
Youth Exchange creates lifelong bonds
In honor of New Generations Month in September, Rotarian and Youth Exchange alumnus
Antonio Herrera described his experience coming from Chile to Nevada, USA, in 1980. “Youth Exchange
opened so many doors for me,” Herrera says. “Learning another language helped me tremendously in being who I am
Read how the Youth
Exchange program influenced Herrera’s life and helped him forge a lifelong bond with his hosts, Past RI Vice President Jerry Hall and his family.
RI Vice President Jerry Hall; his wife, Tasha; and
Antonio Herrera spend time together at the RI Convention in Montréal,
Québec, Canada, in June. Photo courtesy of Jerry Hall
Herrera gets emotional every time he is reunited with Past RI Vice President
Jerry Hall, his host for a
Rotary Youth Exchange
Herrera, then 16, came from Chile to stay
with the Hall family in Reno, Nevada, USA. He says he will never forget how
Hall spent a couple of hours every day after school helping him read books
that his teacher had assigned.
"He would make me read the books back to
him," Herrera says. "I couldn't believe his genuine interest in my learning
the language. The values I learned from Jerry and his family were
instrumental. They made me a part of their family, which is why it's always
emotional when I see them again."
Herrera is now vice principal at a middle
school in Syracuse, New York. In 2003, he became a member of the Rotary Club
of Syracuse Sunrise. Although work obligations have forced him to take a
temporary leave from his club, he says it's important for exchange students
to stay involved with Rotary.
"Youth Exchange opened so many doors for
me," Herrera says. "Learning another language helped me tremendously in
being who I am today." 青少年交換計畫為我開啟許多扇門。學習另一種語言對今日的我助益良多。」
Hall says the experience is equally
rewarding for host families. Hall表示接待家庭亦有同等收穫。
"The magic part of Youth Exchange is that
you learn from the student, and the student learns from you," says Hall, a
member of the Rotary Club of Reno. "Even though we live in other parts of
the world and have different cultures, there are so many things we have in
"Antonio was a very serious and studious
young man," Hall adds. "He always asked the extra question. His curiosity to
learn our culture was remarkable."
Hall has gone on to host 13 students
since Herrera, and says each has enriched his life in ways that are hard to
"Seeing students mature is always
rewarding," he says. "Youth Exchange is an opportunity to make a real
difference in a young person's life."
The most difficult part is when the
student goes back home, Hall says. "It's like when a family member leaves
home. The bond you forge with students is so strong."
Hall believes the most important part of
Youth Exchange is communication.
"Host families must be sure to make their
student comfortable," he says. "It's such a good program. It changes how
people see each other. We have a lot to learn from other cultures if we take
The bond between
Hall and Herrera remains strong 30 years later. They see each other every
few years, and most recently met up during the RI Convention in Montréal,
advice: Language preparation
Does your district have any tips
for effectively preparing students for the language challenges they may encounter while on their exchange?
Share your ideas with
firstname.lastname@example.org, and they
might be featured in the next issue of this newsletter.
Current Rotary Code of Policies
The Rotary Code of Policies is available in English
on the RI website. The sections most
relevant to the Youth Exchange program are Youth Protection (2.110), District Finances (17.060), and Youth Exchange
Translated versions of these sections are available
on the Rotary Youth Exchange Workgroup site, which district and multidistrict chairs can visit by logging on to Member Access or by
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
Brazilian YEO Meeting
New York City
1,300 Rotarians, Interactors, Rotaractors, and former Youth Exchange students and Ambassadorial Scholars will gather at United Nations headquarters in
New York for panel discussions on water, literacy, health, and youth. Speakers from
the UN, Rotary, and other nongovernmental organizations will discuss humanitarian programs and provide insight into the more than 60-year relationship
between Rotary and the UN. There will also be a special program for youth interested in humanitarian service.
2011 North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) Conference
Sacramento, California, USA
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
16th annual Japan Youth Exchange Conference: “Matsuyama
Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
Youth Exchange Supervisor
Senior Youth Exchange Coordinator
Youth Exchange Coordinator
Youth Exchange Correspondent