The purpose of this exchange programme is to promote global understanding and universal peace. Young people in the age group of 15 to 19 are given an opportunity to enrich their understanding through inter-cultural experience of mutual sharing.
Youth Exchange was started in 1929 at Copenhagen involving European participants.
IYE became an official R.I programme in 1972
IYE spreads over 100 countries involving more than 8000 students a year
There are long term exchanges, short term exchanges and New Generation Service exchanges.
It must be promoted in schools through addressing meetings, newspaper advertisements, bulletins, school magazines, fliers, posters and pamphlets.
Rotary Youth Exchange Long-Term Program Application
On the whole, it is a life time experience. The student at a very tender age gets to understand people of varied cultures. As past R.I president Carl Wilhelm Stenhammer said, "If we could send every 17 year old as a youth exchange student, there would be no more wars."