What is the North Star Youth Exchange?

North Star Youth Exchange encompasses two Rotary districts (5950 and 5960), which are large geographical areas in south-central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The area includes the entire Twin Cities metropolitan area, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Mankato (Duluth is part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program). The outer part of our districts includes Albert Lea, Hayward, WI, Alexandria, and Redwood Falls.

Throughout this area, local Rotary clubs provide this international opportunity to eager, ambitious, and inquisitive high school students — both to come to our area to experience American life, or to go abroad to one of 33 countries around the world.

Year Long Program

North Star Youth Exchange and Rotary Clubs in central and southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin offers long term exchanges (one academic year) to students in the North Star region. This program gives students the opportunity to spend one year of high school abroad, staying with two host families and immersing themselves in a new culture.


Summer Short Term Exchange Program

North Star Youth Exchange now offers a Short Term program. Experience a life-changing summer, discover a new country, and develop new friendships.


For applications and more details please visit the link below