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Summer youth exchange opportunity

Students ages 15-19, including 2020 graduates, have the opportunity of a lifetime available to participate in Rotary’s “Short Term” Youth Exchange Program this summer.

Putnam County Rotary will sponsor students who apply and qualify by Monday, Jan. 13, to be paired with a student of similar age and interests in Europe, to spend eight weeks together — four here, and four in that student’s home country.

Area students have exchanged with students in Germany, Spain, France, Italy, England and other countries as well. Outbound students are encouraged but not required to learn the country’s language, as Rotary seeks to place students with families who speak and understand English. All matches are carefully screened, in both countries, to assure safety and the best possible experience for all participating students and their families.

This opportunity is available to PCHS students, home-schooled students and any other students residing in Putnam County. Other area Rotary Clubs also sponsor students in their locale.

As sponsor, PC Rotary pays the application and orientation fees; each family is responsible for costs of travel and costs associated with hosting the paired exchange student for that student’s four weeks here.

Anyone interested, or wishing to learn more, should email PutnamCountyRotary@gmail.com.

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