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The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
Rotary International's Eastern States Student EXchange Program (ESSEX) organizes all Rotary student year abroad youth study exchanges for 31 Rotary International districts which span 16 states in the eastern United States, Bermuda and Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada. Exchange students study in a foreign high school, experience a foreign culture, live with one or more host families, learn a new language and have the opportunity to travel.
Additional information on Rotary International's Youth Exchange program is also available from the Rotary International web site.
In 2015 ESSEX starting using the YEAH (Youth Exchange Administration Hub) database. All member Rotary Districts with Youth Exchange Programs use the database to facilitate member Districts’ compliance with the United States Department of State (DoS), Council for Student International Education Travel (CSIET) and Rotary International regulations. 
If you have any questions regarding specific information on Long Term Outbound Program contact Amber Seidel (, or for Long Term Inbound Program contact Walt Tilley at (, or for Short Term Exchange Program contact Tom Barton at ( Click here to view a printable booklet about Youth Exchange. 
Rotary International is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all participants in Rotary activities. It is the duty of all Rotarians', Rotarians' spouses, partners and other volunteers to safeguard to the best of their ability the welfare of and to prevent the physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children and young people with whom they come into contact. The phone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed below for host families, exchange students and the public to report circumstances impacting a student's health, safety and well being during the exchange student's exchange visitor program. 
You can download the Student Protection Policy, Abuse and harassment Reporting Guidelines and the Allegation Reporting Flowchart that D7390 adheres to and uses to comply with the Rotary International Regulations and the Department of State Requirements.