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Rocky Mountain Rotary Youth Exchange (RMRYE), the youth exchange arm of Rotary District 5450, is an active participant in Rotary International's short-term and long-term exchange programs (STEP and LTEP). As a STEP exchange student (ages 15 to 19), you'll spend part of your summer in a different country, at camp or participating in a family-to-family exchange. As an LTEP exchange student (ages 15½ to 18½), you'll spend the full academic year abroad, living with up to three host families and attending high school.

Whether you participate STEP or LTEP, you'll learn a new way of living and a great deal about yourself.  Your foreign language skills should improve, and with LTEP you may even learn a new language.  You'll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer - and make some good friends in the process.

RMRYE offers LTEP exchanges with more than 20 countries in Europe, South America, and Asia.  Apply before November 15 for the following school year.

RMRYE presently offers STEP family-to-family exchanges with Finland, France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K.  STEP summer camps are available throughout the Northern Hemisphere.  Begin planning no later than February for the following summer.

For over 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange.  The exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime.  Are you ready for it?

Applications and more information are available on the District 5450 youth exchange website, RMRYE.

Please consider becoming an LTEP host family.  LTEP families host a foreign exchange student for about three months during the school year.

Nancy Stocker and Chad Stamm are the Club's RYE Committee co-chairs.

Governor Hickenlooper with Exchange Students, 2011 District 5450 Conference, Loveland, Colorado