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Youth Service — Programmes


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2023/24 Students

Viktoria Risnyovszka


Søren Koche-Larsen

Student Youth Exchange

Each year Rotary Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people worldwide with an opportunity to experience the cultures and accomplishments of people in other countries. The ambassadorial nature of the exchange promotes world understanding and peace.Youth Exchange is an official program of Rotary International and allows around 8000 students to exchange annually to around 60 different countries.


A year of study overseas as a Rotary Youth Exchange student gives you

  • an opportunity to develop your personal self confidence and maturity

  • an opportunity to develop a lifetime of international friendships

  • an opportunity to develop a real understanding of many different cultures

  • an opportunity to develop new language skills

  • an opportunity to develop a base for future education and career goals

  • an opportunity to develop in many ways


Rotary Youth Exchange - an opportunity of a lifetime



Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA)

RYLA is Rotarians working with youth in leadership development.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. Young people ages 18-30, chosen for their leadership potential, attend an all-expense-paid seminar, camp or workshop, generally three to ten days in length, organized and run by Rotarians with records of achievement.

RYLA programs vary according to the age and interests of participants and length of event and include:


  • Fundamentals of leadership

  • Importance of communications skills in effective leadership

  • Ethics of positive leadership

  • Problem-solving and conflict-management

  • What Rotary is and what it does for the local community

  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Elements of community and global citizenship while reflecting issues of local relevance in a manner appropriate to local customs.  

The program is an exciting opportunity for the attendees to help develop their own leadership skills and create new friendships with other participants.

To obtain more information about RYLA



Teenagers today benefit greatly from opportunities to develop life skills and motivation to help them cope with the challenges of a very competitive future.

Pressure is put on students to perform academically and their results are the benchmark of success. However other skills are needed for the next stage of a students growth, be that further education or the workplace.  
Who is Eligible?

Full-time students 14 to 17 years of age, who would normally be in years 9, 10 and 11.

Rotary Youth program for Enrichment (RYPEN) targets everyday young adults who have not yet experienced leadership positions. We are not looking for either high achievers or teenagers with behavioural problems.
 Outcomes for Participants


  • RYPEN aims to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Increased motivation and

  •  Better self-image and more pride in themselves.

  • An understanding of setting and achieving goals.

  • The confidence to overcome failure and take control of their future.

Program Duration

RYPEN runs from a Friday evening to the following Sunday afternoon.


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