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Rotary District 5030 Welcomes You!


Are you in Highschool and interested in foreign exchange? Learn more about the Rotary Exchange Program and the amazing opportunities to both live abroad and host exchange students.

We are hosting two different Zoom Q&A sessions on October 3rd, and October 18th, both at 7 PM. You can find the links to these meetings in the "Contact Us" section. These meetings will feature former students of the program, and the Rotarians who volunteer to make these exchanges possible!

Welcome to District 5030. Our district is the Greater Seattle/Bellevue/Puget Sound area. It's a beautiful, green part of world with lakes, mountains, and beaches. There is a LOT to do in Seattle besides going to Starbucks 10 times a day. We have great sports teams, a lively downtown and Rotarians who plan fun things to do. 

Go to our Student Stories page to hear from former exchange students.



What to expect from the program

-Live abroad and get to know a new culture.
-Be a cultural ambassador for your country.
-Take on leadership roles thanks to the skills developed during your exchange.
-Create life-long friendships with students from all over the world.
-Come back home with a whole new perspective of the world and life.


Who can apply

The program is open to students ages 15 1/2-18 1/2 on the day of departure. To qualify, students should have good grades and demonstrate leadership in their community. Candidates should possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things. This will help them fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.


What is it?

You welcome an exchange student into your home, treat him/her like one of your own and enjoy every moment! As host parent, your job is to help the student adapt to a new country, provide them new experiences, and teach them your families and local traditions and culture. 

(It's also a great excuse to do all those fun things your own kids are tired of.)


Thailand? Germany? Chile? 

District 5030 currently exchanges with more than 40 Rotary Districts in more than 25 countries worldwide.  These countries are on most major continents of the world and are selected for their stability and degree of concern about the welfare and safety of our students abroad.  The District Exchange Committee will make every effort to place our students in a country on their preference list. 

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