Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomes Outbound Exchange Student

Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests recently met and extended best wishes to the club’s 2015-16 Rotary International Outbound Youth Exchange student, Annie, a local high school student.

From left, Claudia Arnold-Sawaf, Rotary Club of Scottsdale Youth Exchange Committee chair; Annie, the club's Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student; and Club President Max Rumbaugh.

From left, Claudia Arnold-Sawaf, Rotary Club of Scottsdale Youth Exchange Committee chair; Annie, the club’s Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student; and Club President Max Rumbaugh.

Students who participate in this Rotary Youth Program will spend one year abroad living and learning a new culture and new language. Annie is sponsored by Rotary Club of Scottsdale in the United States and sponsored by Rotary Club d’Amay-Villers-le-Temple in Belgium.

RCS Club President Max Rumbaugh states, “The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is one of the premier programs of Rotary International and it is supported by Rotary clubs all around the world.”

Students apply through their local Rotary Club and district.  This year, many local students competed for RCS’s two 2015-16 outbound positions.

Outbound students and their parents are guided through months of orientation and information about the country of their exchange year. Teens typically stay with two or three Rotary-approved families and receive a monthly stipend for incidental expenses.

Rotary Youth Exchange outbound students need to be above-average students who are eager for the chance to try new things and meet new people. The program offers teens a chance to learn about other cultures, about other people and about themselves.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, visit

Visitors to club meetings are always welcome. Call 480-945-6158.

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