Taiwan was first known to the West as Ilha Formosa, or Beautiful Island. We have more than 200 mountains, our unique geology and topography have created countless arresting landscapes and alluring coastal scenes. Geographically, Taiwan is situated at the point where the Asian continental shelf meets the vast Pacific Ocean, providing it with an unparalleled ecological diversity and a huge number of plant and animal species concentrated in a relatively small place—perfect for ecotourism. Taiwan has world-class natural landscapes such as the awesome Taroko Gorge; its National Palace Museum is listed as one of the five top museums in the world; it has the world’s tallest certified building in Taipei 101; and it has the highest mountain in Northeast Asia, Yushan or Jade Mountain. We also have 24-hour bookstores and convenience shops, and bustling night markets—all of which imprint indelible memories in the minds of visitors.
Making a world of difference
a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with
a few host families and attending school in a different country.
you participate in Rotary’s long-term or short-term Youth Exchange
programs, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about
yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador,
teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You
can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the
More than 8,000 young people each year have
experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. It’s the
opportunity of a lifetime. Are you ready for it?
Introduction to Youth Exchange
Exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote
international understanding and peace. The Rotary Youth Exchange program
provides thousands of young students with the opportunity to meet people from
other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of
The program offers numerous benefits to its young participants and their Rotarian
hosts and mentors, as well as to the community at large. Through Youth Exchange,
students learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country. As their concept of
the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves.
Immersion in another country’s educational system enhances their academic and
personal growth. Host clubs and families and the entire community are enriched by
extended, friendly contact with someone from a different culture.