District 6000 has continued to be a pioneer in the Rotary Youth Exchange process, fulfilling the international dreams of high school age students.  In 1962, Rotary Youth Exchange expanded to the United States with seven students from Europe and Scandinavia. District 6000, then known as District 600, participated in that first U.S. exchange by hosting a girl from Sweden. Between 30-40 teenagers to and from this district attend a year of high school in another country and help foster international understanding and world peace.

District 6000's Youth Exchange committee continues to be recognized for our innovative approach to new exchange concepts. We administered the first ever New Generations Exchange in the country of Argentina followed by the first ever New Generations Exchange in the country of Taiwan.  During the 1998-1999 school year, District 6000 hosted the Simon Estes South African Chorus. This event offered medical care, education, and hope to 40 impoverished South African youth funded totally by Rotarians and concerned citizens from this district. In 2000, District 6000 was recognized by the USA/Canada Youth Exchange Network as the"Most Outstanding Youth Exchange District" from their 163 district membership.

Members of the district committee have served on the Rotary International Youth Exchange Committee and as president and committee member of the USA/Canada Network. We are dedicated to developing concepts which will improve the exchange process and maintaining the respect of our exchange partners throughout the world.

YOUTH EXCHANGE CALENDAR 2014 - 2015

INBOUND AND OUTBOUND SPRING EVENT:  March 7-8, 2015

This event is held in Davenport at a local hotel.  This inter-cultural and team building event is the second training opportunity for the 2015 Outbound Class to learn from the 2014 Inbound Class.  The North Scott Rotary Club sponsors this event. Attendance is mandatory for all 2014 inbound and 2015 outbound students. 

OUTBOUND ORIENTATION:  March 22, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

This orientation session will be held at Central College in Pella.  Outbound students and their parents will continue training in preparation for their exchange.  The Rotary Club of Pella sponsors this event.  Attendance is mandatory for all 2014 outbound students and at least one parent of each student.

INBOUND AND OUTBOUND - DISTRICT CONFERENCE:  April 17-18, 2015

This event will be held at Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.  It is a training session and a final fellowship of both the inbound and outbound exchange students.  Attendance is mandatory for all 2014 inbound and 2015 outbound students.

INBOUND ROTARY TOUR OF THE USA:  June – July 2015

This is a scheduled bus tour of the United States.  Approximately 8,000 miles long, it leaves from the Amana exit going west to California, south to San Diego, and east through Texas to Orlando, Florida, north to New York City and west through Chicago and returning to Amana.

OUTBOUND PICNIC:  July 18, 2015 – 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (tentative)

This event is scheduled to be held in Newton, Iowa.  It is the final training session for 2015 outbound students.  This event provides a time last minute questions and answers.  Also, some “rebound” students (recently returned outbound students) will be available to relate some of their experiences.  The Rotary Club of Newton sponsors this event.  Attendance is mandatory for all 2015 outbound students and at least one parent.

INBOUND FALL KICKOFF:  September 19, 2015 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Fall Kickoff Picnic will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City.  This event serves as a training session for inbound students, host families and Rotary Counselors and Local Coordinators.  Attendance is mandatory for all participants.

INBOUND FALL FUN DAY:  October 24, 2015 – 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

This is an optional but highly recommended event for all inbound students, their host families and parents of 2015 outbound students at the County Fair Grounds in Indianola.  This event serves as a social and team-building opportunity for the students and allows them to interact with each other after being in Iowa for two months.  It also allows the host families, parents of outbound students and counselors to share experiences with each other and the committee. The Rotary Club of Indianola sponsors this event.
 

OUTBOUND APPLICATIONS: October 31, 2015 

 

Applications for the 2016 Outbound class, for departure in August 2016, are due from the Sponsoring Club to the District Committee for district interviews.

 

OUTBOUND INTERVIEWS – DISTRICT: November 21, 2015

 

District Outbound interviews will be held for students planning on going abroad in 2016. Times and locations for the interviews will be announced according to participation. An interview is required with each applicant and his/her parent(s).

 

INBOUND AND OUTBOUND WINTER RETREAT: January 16-17, 2016

 

This retreat will be held at the Christian Conference center in Newton. This event is a training session in addition to be a social event. The afternoon of the second day is also mandatory for at least one parent of each 2016 outbound student. Attendance is mandatory both days for all 2015 inbound students and 2016 outbound students.

INBOUND AND OUTBOUND SPRING EVENT:  March TBA, 2016

This event is held in Davenport at a local hotel.  This inter-cultural and team building event is the second training opportunity for the 2016 Outbound Class to learn from the 2015 Inbound Class.  The North Scott Rotary Club sponsors this event. Attendance is mandatory for all 2015 inbound and 2016 outbound students. 

OUTBOUND ORIENTATION:  March 19, 2016 – 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

This orientation session will be held at Central College in Pella.  Outbound students and their parents will continue training in preparation for their exchange.  The Rotary Club of Pella sponsors this event.  Attendance is mandatory for all 2016 outbound students and at least one parent of each student.

INBOUND AND OUTBOUND - DISTRICT CONFERENCE:  TBA

This event will be held at Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Coralville, Iowa.  It is a training session and a final fellowship of both the inbound and outbound exchange students.  Attendance is mandatory for all 2014 inbound and 2015 outbound students.

INBOUND ROTARY TOUR OF THE USA:  June – July 2016

This is a scheduled bus tour of the United States.  Approximately 8,000 miles long, it leaves from the Amana exit going west to California, south to San Diego, and east through Texas to Orlando, Florida, north to New York City and west through Chicago and returning to Amana.

OUTBOUND PICNIC:  July 16, 2016 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (tentative)

This event is scheduled to be held in Newton, Iowa.  It is the final training session for 2015 outbound students.  This event provides a time last minute questions and answers.  Also, some “rebound” students (recently returned outbound students) will be available to relate some of their experiences.  The Rotary Club of Newton sponsors this event.  Attendance is mandatory for all 2015 outbound students and at least one parent.

INBOUND FALL KICKOFF:  September 17, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Fall Kickoff Picnic will be held at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City.  This event serves as a training session for inbound students, host families and Rotary Counselors and Local Coordinators.  Attendance is mandatory for all participants.

INBOUND FALL FUN DAY:  October TBA, 2016 – 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

This is an optional but highly recommended event for all inbound students, their host families and parents of 2015 outbound students at the County Fair Grounds in Indianola.  This event serves as a social and team-building opportunity for the students and allows them to interact with each other after being in Iowa for two months.  It also allows the host families, parents of outbound students and counselors to share experiences with each other and the committee. The Rotary Club of Indianola sponsors this event.