What is ROTEX?
As Rotary Youth Exchange Students, these young leaders were ambassadors and represented themselves, thier family, their school, Rotary clubs, their Rotary district, California, ROTARY, and the U.S.A. Once they return home, they are members of an elite, international group called ROTEX.
Although not an official program of Rotary International, ROTEX serves as a social and support group for students involved in Youth Exchange, and they are active in many local community projects. One main objective of ROTEX is to help local "Outbounds" (students selected to be Rotary Youth Exchange students) prepare for their exchanges abroad and also help their local "Inbounds" (foreign Rotary Youth Exchange students from other countries living in the USA) get comfortable with their surroundings and schools in their host countries.
Many Rotex help run events and participate on our District Youth Exchange Committee. While Rotex is only a relatively new concept in our district, Rotex clubs and associations have existed for many years in other countries and are appearing rapidly around the globe. Rotex students may also join Rotaract Clubs which is Rotary's service organization for 18-30 year olds interested in serving others and can be beneficial in networking as well as career development.
The Goals of ROTEX Are:
1. Network and bond with other former exchange students.
2. Help Rotary promote the program - finding and recruiting new exchange students.
3. Help Rotary with the process - interviewing and attending exchange student orientations.
4. Hang out with future and current exchanges student on their year.
5. Stay involved with Rotary.
Below is the process for successful Outbound Exchange student to participate in the ROTEX program