Experience different cultures and build international friendships through Rotary Friendship Exchange
What is Friendship Exchange?
Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.
Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.
Benefits of an exchange
- Broaden international understanding
- Explore a profession or job in a different context
- Build enduring friendships
- Gain opportunities for active project involvement and support
- Learn about a region’s people, food, languages, customs, and history
- Find partners for grants
- Establish a foundation for peace and service. This can be done virtually or in person in a way that builds peace. Find out more in this guide: Peacebuilding Through virtual and Hybrid Exchanges.
Choose a destination
Explore our Exchange Finder Map to view current exchange locations and the districts that serve them. Connect with the district’s Rotary Friendship Exchange chair for help finding potential international hosts and planning your itinerary.
Define your purpose
Friendship exchanges are organized around at least one of three themes: culture, service, and vocation.
Fund your exchange
All exchanges are paid for by the participants or their districts. Hosts are not expected to assume a significant financial burden. Club or district funds may be available to offset the costs of exchanges that have a vocational emphasis.
Share your story
After your trip, submit a report to your district, as well as to email@example.com. It’s your chance to tell us about your experience, make suggestions, and share what you learned.
Types of exchanges
When Rotarians from Malaysia visited the United Kingdom, they broadened their international understanding through cultural immersion and meetings with leaders.
Rotarians from Latvia visited historic sites and enjoyed traditional food and dancing in Mexico.
When Rotarians from Romania and Moldova visited the United States, they experienced the strength of working with a community while building homes for low-income families.
In Lhuwhawha, Uganda, Rotarians from England helped at a medical clinic and delivered clothes, medicine, mosquito nets, boots, and latex gloves.