Countries

Mountain & Plains RYE currently exchanges with many different countries around the world. No matter what your tastes or interests, we probably have a country that will work for you. The country list changes from year to year, and placement in a specific country is not guaranteed. Approach this list with a curious, open mind. No matter where you might go, the adventure awaits. You will be asked to give us your top five country choices at our Orientation event, after you have gone through our "Country Fair." Countries you have selected will be considered, but are not guaranteed. 

Considerations

  • Most of our partner countries will not accommodate major dietary restrictions. If you are vegetarian, would you consider eating meat during your year abroad? If you have food allergies, are lactose intolerant or have religious dietary restrictions, these needs may be accommodated.
  • In some countries, you may be asked to remove any facial piercings. 
  • Some countries may offer language training, trips, or special events. Any optional activities will be at additional cost. 

Age Requirements

Most students depart for their host countries in late July or August.  A student must be at least 15 ½ (15 years, 6 months) but not older than 18 by August 2021 to be eligible to participate in our 2021-22 RYE program. Some countries require students to be at least 16 upon arrival. Some countries will not accept students who have already or will turn 18 during the exchange year.

 

Countries we have exchanged with since 2012:

Asia:

  • Japan
  • India
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

The Americas:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay

Western Europe:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

Northern/Germanic Europe:

  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Eastern Europe:

  • Czechia/Slovakia (combined Rotary district)
  • Hungary
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Romania

Exceptional exchange countries:

  • Turkey
  • Venezuela
  • Zimbabwe