Short-Term Program Information

Rotary Short Term Exchange (STEP) presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to briefly live in a different country. The STEP program is a family-to-family summer exchange program. Typically, the Colorado student will first travel to the international student’s home and spend 3-5 weeks there, followed by the international student coming to the Colorado home for 3-5 weeks. While Rotary facilitates the match, most of the logistics, including travel dates and flight arrangements, are handled by the families. 

Participating in STEP does not diminish the chances for the student to participate in a long-term exchange. In fact, the successful completion of a STEP experience is viewed positively in the long-term exchange interview process. Freshmen are strongly encouraged to participate in a STEP experience in the summer between their freshman and sophomore years rather than attempting a long-term exchange as a sophomore. 

STEP guidelines:
• Ages 15-19
• Reside in Rotary District 5470
• Are of good character who desire to live abroad and host in return  
• Who are adaptable, mature and want to experience life in other countries and cultures
• Children of Rotarians and non-Rotarians are equally eligible
• Exchanges may be arranged with any of the countries with which District 5470 participates in long-term exchange programs; however, due to reversed school calendars, there may be limited options available for students wishing to travel to the southern hemisphere.

STEP expenses:
• $250 application fee
• Flight (purchased yourself)
• Spending money
Insurance acceptable to the hosting country
• Option to attend District Interviews and Orientation

Resources:
 Short Term Application
• Email STEP Inquiries for more information