Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary District 6890 of West Central Florida is a member of Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, coordinating international student exchanges with countries all over the world. The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview hosted Ella Ahvenainen, a 17-year-old student from Finland in 2015-2016 and expects to sponsor an outbound student for the 2016-2017 school year.

Each year, over 8,000 high school students participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program worldwide. The program began in the 1920s, expanding rapidly after World War II. The program’s primary mission: “To work toward peace and understanding in the world.”

Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) programs in Florida are growing through the efforts of the multi-district organization, Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, Inc. Each of the eight districts in the Sunshine State is committed to promoting Rotary Youth Exchange, and at least half of the districts have been honored with District Achievement Awards at the annual conferences of the North American Youth Exchange Network.

Youth ambassadors are selected based on interviews, courage, adaptability, school recommendations, grades, and interest in cultures and languages. Visit to learn about the District 6890 program. Student families are responsible for the costs to get the student to their placement country: an application fee, orientations, insurance, visa and airfare. For more information on Rotary Youth Exchange through the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview, contact Deborah Williams at or 685-5987.

About the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview

The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview envisions a club of dedicated members, a community of engaged citizens, and a world of peaceful societies, where differences are valued, the less fortunate are served, and new generations are inspired to build a better tomorrow.

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