Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Students enjoy a fun winter afternoon on the toboggan chutes and warming up with hot cocoa in front of the fireplaces at the Chalet in Strongsville. "They are midway through their academic year, 2019-20, living with their host families and attending schools in North East Ohio," said Robert Heydorn, Ohio Erie - District 6630 Chairman. "We are very proud that these highly qualified international students have been selected to be with us as we continue our year of adventure with the inbound, outbound and rebound students, families and Rotarians.  I am delighted by how well they are speaking English now, and wish them a safe, happy and exciting spring term. They are all splendid representatives of their respective countries and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program."
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student exchange scholarship program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent highly qualified young people around the globe to experience new cultures and be youth ambassadors of their local communities. Currently, about 9,000 scholarship students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Rotary is a fully accredited member of CSIET - Council of Standards for International Student Exchange. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Of the more than 200 countries affiliated in some way with Rotary International, 80 countries typically participate in the Youth Exchange every year. The countries that participate vary from year to year, but the core members of the program (most notably in North America, Europe, and Asia) are always involved. Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time.
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Alexis Lewis - Cuyahoga Falls, Auri Gaston - Cuyahoga Falls, Elin Na - S. Korea, Serena Abritta - Spain, Konsta Keranen - Finland, Christian Hoefman - Germany, Sergio Neto - Brazil/Medina, Thomas Packard - Aurora, Giulia Giugianpletro - Brazil, Kylee Maibach - Wadsworth, Jacob Vogelgesang - Medina/Chile, JP - Chile/Medina, Lydia Olin-Hitt - Akron, Viet Nguien - Cuyahoga Falls, Audrey Caroll - Akron, Casie Ackerman - Hudson, Phakawan - Thailand, Zoe Mayeur - France, Margaux Faure - Belgium, Juliet Aini - Aurora, Estefania Orpheu - Brazil, Zoe - Belgium, Julia Syme - Medina, Patrick Kelly - RYE, Bob Heydorn - RYE, David Vogelgesang - RYE, David Lariviere - RYE