Selena Campana was one of 20 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) students from District 5190 last year and spent her time in Brazil.  She will share about her experiences during that time.
Youth Exchange is a study-abroad opportunity for young people who spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs.
Selena graduated from Edward C. Reed high school in 2015 and then was chosen to take part in the RYE program for 2015-2016 in Brazil. Before graduating, Selena was very involved in both her high school and community. These experiences of helping and working with people from all walks of life sparked her interest to learn more about different cultures and is what lead her to do an exchange.
Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing their own culture and embracing a new one, RYE students help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about themselves and their home country in the process.
Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who have demonstrated leadership in their school and community, are flexible and willing to try new things, are open to cultural differences and can serve as an ambassador for their own country.
Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.