What is Rotary International?
About 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas conduct projects to address today’s challenges — including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, safe water, and environmental concerns — while encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations.
History of Rotary's Exchange Program
Rotary Youth Exchange began during the 1920s as an effort between a handful of clubs in Europe. These European exchanges continued until World War II, when exchanges were put on hold. Exchange resumed in 1946 following the war. The reciprocal long-term academic exchange grew in popularity during the 1950s and became the primary type of Rotary Youth Exchange.
In 1972, the Rotary International Board of Directors agreed to recommend Youth Exchange to clubs worldwide as a worthwhile international activity with the primary mission being "to work towards peace and understanding in the world".
What is Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX)?
ESSEX was founded in 1966.To facilitate a smoother functioning program, a number of Rotary Districts in New England and the Middle Atlantic States combined into a consortium called the Eastern States Student Exchange or ESSEX.
The Eastern States Student Exchange Program (ESSEX) organizes both long-term and short-term Rotary student exchanges for 35 Rotary International Districts. ESSEX works with districts in 16 states in the eastern United States, Bermuda
and Quebec, Canada, and exchanges with over 30 countries worldwide.
Rotary's student exchange offers two programs to choose from, a long-term program which is a 10 or 11 month program and a short- term program which is a 3 to 6 week program.
To explore the benefits of these exceptional opportunities through the Rotary Student Exchange program, check out the other sections on the toolbar to the left. If you have questions that cannot be answered call 1-888-ROTARY-X (1-888-768-2799) for details.
To find out if you live within the ESSEX area click here for a map.
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