The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
The primary goal of a Friendship Exchange is to build greater international understanding and goodwill among Rotarians and their families. In addition, exchange participants can:
The two main types of Friendship Exchanges are the visitor exchange and the team exchange. In both types, the participating districts agree upon the number of people or couples participating, length of stay, and other details. Rotary Friendship Exchanges are expected to be reciprocal.
The visitor exchange gives individual Rotarians, who may be accompanied by family members, the opportunity to spend a few days in the home of a Rotarian in another country. The typical visitor exchange lasts from three to seven days.
The team exchange allows several Rotarians or Rotary couples to travel to different communities in a host district for a period of up to one month.
A unique aspect to incorporate into either the team or the visitor exchange is the univocational exchange, where both the guest and host Rotarians are members of the same profession. A univocational exchange gives participants the opportunity to explore a common interest.
Volunteer or service exchanges include opportunities for visiting Rotarians to participate in the service activities of a host club during an exchange.
Note: This is not a Rotary Foundation program and as such does not qualify for a District or TRF grant. Those interested in grant opportunities for a vocational exchange should talk with the District Grants Chair about a Vocational Training Team.