Rotary Youth Exchange is a student exchange program in which high school students aged 15 – 19 spend a year living and studying in one of more than 100 foreign countries, hosted by Rotary clubs in the community.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, develop lifelong leadership skills, build lasting friendships, and truly become global citizens.
There are two programs available: Long-term exchanges last a full academic year and students attend local schools and live with host families. Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.
The Chaska Rotary Club hosts one inbound student each school year and is open to sponsoring one outbound student per year. Inbound students arrive in late August and depart in late June or early July. They live with three different host families throughout their time here. Students attend Chaska High School, but can live anywhere within the District 112 boundaries.
Since 1990, the Chaska Rotary Club has hosted 35 students, coming from South Africa, India, Japan, Russia, Thailand, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Chile.
Since 1981 we have sponsored 30 outbound students, who have lived in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greenland, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the UK.
More information about the program, along with an application, can be found at
Application deadline for the 2024-2025 exchange year is November 15, 2023.